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Kansas Budget Woes Have Lawmakers Wanting Greater Oversight

Associated Press - October 8, 2016 10:07 am

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With Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for now refusing to say how he’ll keep Kansas’ budget balanced, some GOP lawmakers are promising more aggressive oversight.

Some even want to challenge the governor’s longstanding control over annual spending blueprints.

Senate President Susan Wagle outlined a proposal this week to give lawmakers a bigger role as internal documents from state agencies showed how they might reduce spending.

Some agencies’ potential cuts would eliminate programs that keep state prisons from becoming crowded or even hinder efforts to collect taxes.

Kansas has struggled to hit revenue targets and balance its budget since GOP legislators slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging as an economic stimulus.

Monthly tax collections have fallen short of expectations 71 percent of the time since.

Keith Davis

October 11, 2016 at 4:57 am

So let me get this straight in my head… You lawmakers are willing to battle Brownback for greater oversight but you are scare to stand up against him over taxes (you know the eliminated ones that are causing the budget problems. I don’t get it.
Is it that if you reinstate those taxes you will be effected and have to pay taxes?
Why don’t all you cowards make a stand against Brownback and impeach him?

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