Gov. Mark Parkinson won praise for his bold State of the State speech and courage in proposing a sales-tax hike to help close a budget hole. “But that proposal was dead the second he uttered it. The Republican Legislature simply isn’t going there,” wrote Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske, who argued that Parkinson’s “unrealistic proposal leaves Republicans on their own to deal with the mess. They might wind up jeopardizing some of the very programs Parkinson wants most to protect.”
Parkinson’s prescription also would take time to work. That prompted one Statehouse insider to complain to The Eagle editorial board that Parkinson, by declining to run for his job in November, is undermining his plea to lawmakers to protect what Kansas has built over 150 years and to prepare the state for the future. Parkinson said that “it’s our turn to fight,” but he’s willing to leave much of the fighting to others.
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