They are finished.
Kansas lawmakers finished their last day in session. If your hair doesn’t have enough gray in it and you are longing to end your day with an excruciating tension headache created from nothing, but complete frustration over state government- cue up twitter feed #ksleg and read all about what you missed.
Of course KS is joining the legal challenge against the federal mandate allowing transgender youth to use the bathroom of their choice. Do you think they would miss an opportunity to confuse the capitol with a church? No way. Here’s the winning quote,
“We have to return to Christendom, we have sacred responsibility to preserve it and pass it on to our children.” Sen Fitzgerald
News flash – you have a responsibility to represent all Kansans. You can return to Christendom in your church.
The school funding crisis was not resolved. In fact, no one knows when this will be resolved, but the clock is ticking. Just a friendly reminder lawmakers that the countdown clock is now the same as my age 28 <cough> <cough>. Based on the reports and tweets, no one can tell when this will be resolved. Some say special session will be called to resolve this and others think that the government is going to play a risky game of chicken with the Supreme Court to see if they really will close schools.
Brownback issued a strong statement indicating he is up for a game of chicken –
“I will work with the Attorney General and Legislative leadership to respond aggressively and appropriately to any action taken by the Kansas Supreme Court to close our schools,” he said in the statement. “Kansas has great schools and they should remain open. The courts should not be playing politics with our children’s education.”
Playing politics with our children’s education? That’s funny coming from a guy who played politics with our entire state…
Which leads us to our next bit of Kansas economic happy news from today. #Sarcasm
Kansas missed revenue estimates for May by about $74 million dollars. Response from the Brownback administration – it’s not our fault. Oil, agriculture and aviation industries are all down. There were also too many partly cloudy days, the sunflowers didn’t grow to the right height and the waving wheat didn’t sure smell sweet. (wait that last part is a line from Oklahoma). My point – excuses, excuses, excuses.
Here’s my favorite part of the story,
Brownback has tasked Shawn Sullivan, the budget director, with conducting “a full, independent review with outside experts to evaluate current procedures related to revenue estimating and budgeting” to determine why the state’s current process “fails to provide accurate estimates.”
It doesn’t take a genius to know what’s wrong here. Close the LLC loophole, revise the failed tax cuts of the Brownback administration and this will stop happening. If not, I’ll be telling my children, “I remember roads. Kansas used to have those.”