Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts were supposed to spur enough economic growth that significant budget cuts wouldn’t be necessary. But his administration now seems to be fashioning a new narrative as it moves toward cutting state spending next year, Associated Press reported. “There are forces beyond the state’s control,” spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said. “There’s still a great deal of uncertainty with the economy.” That’s true, but that was the case when Brownback signed the tax cuts into law, despite warnings from state budget analysts that the cuts could result in significant budget shortfalls. “Sherriene can spin it as forces beyond their control,” Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman Joan Wagnon said, “but the truth is this is what they created.”
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