Please don't call Gov. Brownback a serial liar
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback delivered the national, weekly Republican Party address today, starting with this lie:
He balanced the state budget without a tax increase.
Actually, no, the facts show he used a tax increase to balance the budget. Today’s speech was yet another occasion for Brownback to trot out this lie. But please don’t call him a serial liar on this matter. Like too many elected officials - Democrat or Republican, male or female, conservative or liberal - Brownback is one of those true believers who won’t let the facts get in the way of the story line he wants to spew to the public.
If Brownback wanted to tell the truth about the budget and how it got balanced, he could.
State legislators in mid-2010 approved a huge, 1-cent sales tax increase to help Kansas recover from the recession that had slashed state revenues. Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson bravely led the charge for the tax increase, which many Republicans objected to. In the end, the tax narrowly passed in both the Senate and the House.
Brownback was elected in November of 2010 and entered office in January of 2011.
Guess what was there to greet Brownback? Hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue flowing into the state coffers per year, thanks to the work of Parkinson and the Kansas Legislature in 2010.
Brownback knows all this, of course. He just doesn’t want to stop telling the lie that he and the GOP were able to balance the budget without a tax increase.
Oh, by the way, who’s trying to keep the 1-cent sales tax in place now?
It’s — Gov. Sam Brownback.
Why? Because he and his GOP cohorts have slashed income taxes and need replacement revenue from the people of Kansas.
So the governor who “balanced the budget” without a tax increase wants to keep the same tax increase to help balance the budget.
Gosh, Brownback didn’t mention that during his GOP radio address today. And if he had, at least he would have been telling the truth about that much.