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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • A harsh lesson

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  • Revenues are well under projection this month — $92 million short. Gov. Brownback and Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan blamed changes in the federal tax code on capital gains and other income. In other words, it is not the Governor's fault, nor the legislature's fault. It is the fault of a higher level of government. It sounds, very much, like what we have been hearing from counties, cities and school boards for a long, long time. Their funding woes and lack of revenue for local projects come from, in many cases, cuts to funds funneled from the state to the local entities. For several years the state and fed have cut those funds. Local governments have groaned. They have made cuts, and in some cases, sued the legislature to increase funding. They have been backed into a corner — cut services, or raise local taxes. And throughout the entire process, the state government has remained tone deaf. Cities, counties and school boards have not enacted tax cuts and hurt themselves. In many cases, they have done the latter — increase property taxes. We doubt this bump in the road, the state will recover, will get the attention of lawmakers. We simply don't believe this will help them understand the effect of their decisions on cities, counties and school boards. And that is most unfortunate. — Kansan editorial board

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