Governor responds to $310 Million money shortage in Kansas

School Funding Fight

Wichita, Kansas — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback talked to KSN about the state being behind $310 Million in revenue for April and May.

“But… our focus all along has been that the government has enough money,” says Brownback. “We need to see the people of Kansas have enough money and it will create more jobs.”

Brownback is defending tax breaks given in the years 2012 and 2013, saying it’s a revenue growth solution for the long haul. The Governor has said his office expected a “dip” in revenue for a couple of years.

Some teacher groups are questioning what happens to schools, because the state is so far behind on revenue.

“This is exactly what was predicted when the tax cuts were proposed,” says Randy Mousley of United Teachers of Wichita. “That we could go along and then the bottom would fall out. Because the premise of the tax cut is all based on a faulty assumption. It’s the great experiment.”

Brownback counters that giving tax breaks to grow the Kansas economy is not experimental.

“You’ve got nine states without an income tax. There’s no experiment here. You’ve got nine pro-growth states. Texas (is) one of the lead ones of them that we lose a lot of people to,” says Brownback. “And I’m saying let’s get growing guys.  And to grow, you’ve got to get your income tax rates down. We were at 6.45-percent. Second highest in the region. And now we are the second lowest on income tax in the region. This is not experimental.”

Kansas budget director Shawn Sullivan says the state will have to ask for a certificate of indebtedness to cover the shortage of money for the next budget year.

 

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