Budget battle or playing into Brownback’s plan

Ultra conservative Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t the little engine that thought he could. No, he’s the diesel locomotive barreling down the tracks at full speed.

So when Brownback, in his State of the State speech last January, presented his budget plan that included sweeping and dramatic changes in the state’s tax code, he likely thought the tracks ahead of him were clear of all legislative clutter given the fact conservatives control the Kansas House and are just a few seats shy of controlling the Senate.

For years, conservatives fought, and usually lost to, moderate Republican and Democratic governors in trying to create legislation to diminish government and pass conservative agenda items. And now, finally, standing before them was a governor wanting to shrink government, reduce spending, reduce taxes, improve the business climate especially for small businesses, and put money back into the pockets of Kansans.

Brownback is the kind of governor conservative legislators have wanted in office for years. Continue reading

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