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Budget patches have Kansas lawmakers seeing broader problems

Associated Press - February 13, 2016 1:21 pm

Kansas legislators are preparing to close a deficit largely with budget juggling, and a growing number are seeing broad problems with how the state is managing its finances.

Conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s critics blame his aggressive tax-cutting policies for crises across state government. The problems include inadequate pay at state prisons and short staffing in state mental hospitals.

Lawmakers in both parties also argued in recent debates that the fixes proposed by Brownback paper over the state’s budget gap rather than close it.

Brownback’s spokeswoman dismissed what she called “the sky is falling” criticism.

But even some allies acknowledged they’ll be largely doing a quick patch with budget-balancing legislation. The projected deficit is nearly $200 million in the state’s $16.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Keith Davis

February 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

It appears that Kansas Legislators, Sam Brownback in particular, are not business wise.
Juggling funds between accounts, cutting small business taxes, raising personal taxes, cutting state staff, etc. to “patch the budget is not only a bad move but excuse this it is stupid. Temporary fixes only last a little while. Maybe Kansas should go ahead a file for bankruptcy and impeach Brownback and fire all Legislators.

Larry Elmquist

February 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

The idiotic fiscal policies that presently prevail in Kansas will case long term, post Brownback, problems for years and years to come. Our courts will be overrun with damage suits from citizens who were harmed by profiteering KanCare, understaffed prisons and rundown, life threatening mental hospitals. Watching Brownback spread his fiscal poison is like watching neglected tooth decay.

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