In an article headlined “Kansas Cuts Everywhere Except Its 3,800 Local Governments,” Bloomberg News noted that Kansas is in the top five states in per capita number of units of government, yet its 900-plus cities, 105 counties, 1,300 townships and 1,500 special-purpose districts have yet to be targeted for consolidation or elimination by the ruling conservative majority in Topeka. Why not? Gov. Sam Brownback said: “They know Bob that’s the county commissioner or is on the school district…. If you go to consolidate units of government, you just get everybody’s back up.” Former House Speaker Mike O’Neal, now president of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, recalled that when he proposed consolidating local law enforcement and cutting school-district administrators, “All hell broke loose.”
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