I was taking a writing break to go along with KS lawmakers’ spring break and then I read the latest about the Kansas revenue problems from last night so here I am. In fact, I almost flipped a coin to decide if I should write a blog about this (heads no, tails yes), but then I thought Shawn Sullivan might show up to take the coin to help with our revenue problems.
Buckle in- here we go (again)
Kansas is so broke….
How broke are we?
We are so broke we are going to replace the sunflower as our state flower with a money tree.
“State of Kansas revenue projections over the next 15 months were cut Wednesday by a quarter of a billion dollars to broaden the cash shortfall facing lawmakers and apply greater political pressure on Gov. Sam Brownback to deliver a road map to close the gap.”
We all know the story. Brownback and GOP lawmakers implemented the mothership of GOP tax cuts expecting an economic windfall to bestow itself on the state. Shock! It didn’t happen and left our state completely broke. Every time S2 (Shawn Sullivan) opens his mouth it’s a broken record of revenue problems and budget issues. If it wasn’t so depressing it would be a snoozefest.
The Kansas Republicans are always quick with an excuse how it’s ANYTHING but their crazy tax plan that caused this shit show. And from the KSGOP PR playbook ALWAYS, I mean ALWAYS find a way to blame Obama. I give you Ray Merrick’s response as exhibit A.
Sure Ray – keep telling yourself that if it helps you sleep at night. Now we are evidently left with three options a la “Let’s Make a Deal” to remedy this mess and none of them involves winning A BRAND NEW CAR!!!! I won’t go over all of the options, but they involve robbing the highway fund, screwing over our higher education budget (again) and messing with a large tobacco settlement that goes towards early childhood education programs. All of the options are real winners <slow clap and major eye roll>. Sullivan made sure we all knew that Brownback preferred option #1.
So we should go with options 2 or 3.
I’ll just leave option #4 riiiigggghhhttt here – a tax increase.