By Duane Goossen
But in recent weeks, the Kansas budget has been featured in many articles by national news sources — from media staples like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to niche sources like The Christian Century.
In 2012, Kansas cut its income stream so severely that revenue no longer comes close to covering the state’s basic expenses. For the fiscal year that just ended on June 30, Kansas made up the difference between income and expense by drawing down the state’s savings account.
→ From the Los Angeles Times: “How tea party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin,” (July 9, 2014). The article admonishes other states to look carefully at Kansas and then “run the other way.
→ And yesterday the New York Times editorial board excoriated the administration of Gov. Brownback: "Kansas’ Ruinous Tax Cuts" (July 13, 2014). The board writes: "There was only one reason for the state’s plummeting revenues, and that was the spectacularly ill-advised income tax cuts that Mr. Brownback and his fellow Republicans engineered.".
→ Finally, a Christian Century editorial, “A state budget’s (elective) surgery,” (June 17, 2014), makes the point that the Kansas financial situation results from “elective surgery.”