Responding to the good news that the state expects to collect $252 million more in taxes this fiscal year than previously estimated, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, spokeswoman for Gov. Sam Brownback, said: “Now is not the time to go back to wasteful spending.” So what is wasteful? The main spending increase being debated in the Legislature is restoring some funding to K-12 education. Is that wasteful? How about restoring some funding for mental health services, which have been hit hard with budget cuts? Kansas Chamber of Commerce president Kent Beisner once accused the Legislature of catering “to the needs of those at the government trough.” Is that the Brownback administration’s attitude?
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