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Borrow money, raid funds to pay for tax cuts?

Should the state finance tax cuts by borrowing money from its pension plan? Or raid funds set aside for highways, safety-net clinics and early childhood education programs so that most businesses don’t have to pay any state income taxes? Or not suitably fund public education so that the wealthiest Kansans can have lower taxes? This is what lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback are effectively doing. The tax cuts they approved in 2012 and 2013 have left the state short of revenue. Now they are paying for those tax cuts in ways that many Kansans likely consider unfair and unwise. – Phillip Brownlee