What a catastrophe Kansas has become. When then Governor Kathleen Sebelius was in charge, the economy looked solid. Schools were getting better and better, and the future looked bright. Now look at the pathetic disgrace the state has become.
Under Sam Brownback’s leadership, Kansas has sliced and diced services and given substantial tax-cuts to the rich. It hasn’t trickled down. The economy in the state is now growing slower than the United States. The “tax cutting superstar” lead the state into an estimated $1.1 billion budget deficit in just two years of his genius Ayn Rand plan. Once it became clear that there was no possible way to pull Kansas out of the massive budget deficit, Brownback reportedly choked back tears in a session with legislators. It’s unclear whether he was crying for the people of Kansas or his own political career going up in flames.
Now it seems Kansas is taking yet another hit. According to the Kansas City Star, the state lost 4,300 jobs in between only June and July. The unemployment rate has increased for the fourth straight month to 4.6 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. At this rate, Kansas “now has 1,700 fewer jobs than it did at the start of 2015.” All in a day’s work for Team Brownback. Heckova job, Brownie.
The same thing Brownback did to destroy the Kansas economy is the plan Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has adopted for her state. The result? A more than $600 million budget shortfall was announced in May, and Fallin’s tax cuts are just about to take hold in January. At a time when Oklahoma can’t afford it… a tax cut? Who had that bright idea? Oh… Brownback did. Now look at his state.
- “State formula funding for public schools remains $172 million below FY 2008 levels, while enrollment has increased by over 45,000 students.
- “The Department of Corrections is operating with 400 fewer correctional officers than in 2008, even as the inmate population continues to grow.
- “State government employs 7 percent fewer employees than four years ago and 3 percent fewer than in 2001—despite population growth, heavier caseloads, and new mandates and responsibilities.”