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Kansas election losses not a repudiation of fiscal policies?

Last week’s primary results for legislative races were viewed nearly universally as a rebuke of Gov. Sam Brownback’s fiscal policies, as many conservative incumbents were defeated by centrist candidates favoring a rollback of certain tax cuts and more support for public education and other state services. But Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, doesn’t see it that way. He told the Wall Street Journal that voters were tired of the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s budget problems (through 6 to 7 percent spending cuts, in his view). “It’s not a repudiation of either side but of the Legislature in general for not dealing with the core issue,” he said. – Phillip Brownlee