Kansans should be angry
The Kansas City Star
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature gave away the store in massive tax cuts for corporations largely benefiting the wealthy, and now everyday Kansas will have to pay. They can’t be anything but angry about that.
The twisted conservative logic was that eventually more corporations would flock to Kansas. But so far the business-suited herd isn’t stampeding to the Sunflower State.
For now, that’s got Kansas lawmakers facing a serious and immediate $705 million plunge in revenue. It’s expected to amount to $3.7 billion over five years, The Kansas City Star reports.
Everyday Kansans need to look at it like this:
It’s the same as having the top breadwinner in a family suddenly say, “I’m not going to work anymore.”
Then guess what? The family — if it accepts that shirking behavior — has to retool its budget to account for the loss from the top breadwinner electing to sit on his duff. Severe and harsh spending cuts will have to be endured by all.
For a family it will mean the end of cable TV, eating out, vacations and shopping. Families of the state can also expect severe and harsh cutbacks in government sponsored services.
Education funding is sure to take a hit along with social service programs. Prisons may close or be dangerously understaffed, and all of those many small school districts in Kansas will likely disappear in a new push for consolidation.
The state simply can’t afford the luxury of having so many of them anymore. That’s the way it will have to be unless angry Kansans force Brownback and lawmakers to see the folly of what they’ve done and reverse course on the tax cuts.
Missouri lawmakers thinking of following Kansas’ lead should be watching their neighboring state’s self-inflicted downward spiral very closely. If they’re smart, they will learn from Brownback’s mistake.
Let’s hope in the Show Me State that’s not too much to ask.