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The state's budget problems didn't go away after Governor Sam Brownback's reelection—they got worse. Will the lesson of tax-cuts-gone-awry give Republican candidates pause in 2016?
the humbling in the heartland goes on, much to the frustration of a Republican governor and one-time presidential contender who hoped to make Kansas the national emblem of conservative governance.
Brownback's hard-fought victory on election day won him another four years, but it did nothing to fix the problem that nearly cost him his job: the state's finances. Kansas's budget has for months resembled a wallet with a hole in it—every time the state's bookkeepers peek inside, they find less money than the government thought would be there.
Just a few days after the November election, the Kansas budget office revealed that revenue projections were off by more than $200 million, bringing the budget gap facing Brownback to $600 million in all.
originally posted by: Kitana
I wonder why your states property taxes are so high? What do you all spend state money on I wonder? That might be the difference, your states spends more on things.
Politics is all too often couched in terms of morality and ethics, rather than simple right and wrong. What I mean by that is that reasonable people can come to different moral value judgments about ethical dilemmas:
is it more moral to ensure that everyone has access to a social safety net even if some people game the system, or is it more moral to ensure that people keep all their private property and never have to give it up to someone less hardworking than themselves?
All this as Brownback’s tax cuts are destroying what remains of the state’s educational system and social services.
Brownback and his allies suffer under the delusion that supply-side economics really works, and that if they cut taxes enough on rich people and businesses that there will be an explosion of jobs and economic growth. That’s not just immoral because it increases inequality and hurts the poor. It’s as wrong as 2+2=5.
In all but the most extreme cases, cutting taxes on the rich does nothing to create jobs, but slashing the salaries of teachers and cutting welfare benefits means less consumer demand, which in turns drives the economy into recession.
The immorality would at least be somewhat tolerable if the ideology functioned at a broad utilitarian level, but it doesn’t.
Conservative policies are both a moral and practical disaster.
Bernie is talking about making taxes even higher, and if so we will see even more companies leave. They simply cannot afford to have their manufacturing here when they can manufacture so much cheaper in other countries.
The whole thing about Brownback is just a typical smear campaign instigated by sour grapes corrupt people who have probably seen their kickbacks and bribes dwindle in traditionally Democrat areas.
Unless somebody can actually show detailed numbers and facts, I say it's a well financed BS campaign.
originally posted by: Kitana
a reply to: BuzzyWigs
they will simply leave, completely. They cannot afford those kinds of taxes here. Not when they can simply take their business to the global market and tell us to ### off.