(November 24, 2015) JONATHAN BAKER Kansas’s budget crisis continues to dog Governor Sam Brownback, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. And the problem can be traced to one issue: After drastically cutting taxes, the state government failed to adequately cut spending as well.
In this issue, KPI releases landmark at-risk education report.
The Kansas at-risk program, which spent $3.6 billion over the past 23 years, failed its mission to improve the performance of the very students it was designed to serve.
(November 19, 2015) PHILLIP BROWNLEE The state’s ongoing budget problems could have been avoided with a one-time 8.5 percent reduction in state spending, argues Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute.
(November 18, 2015) STEVE KRASKE “Legislators did not want to reduce the cost of government.” — Dave Trabert, president of the conservative Kansas Policy Institute think tank, criticizing state lawmakers for lacking the courage to cut expenses when they cut taxes in 2013.