Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How desperate and foolish is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback?

It's a rhetorical question.

Brownback: KCK school's $47K grand piano purchase illustrates funding formula flaws.  (Topeka Capital-Journal, 2/6/2015)
The local school board purchased the piano last month for more than $47,000. The Kansas City district says it replaced an aging instrument to help students pursuing careers in music and preparing to audition for scholarships. 

Brownback said in a statement that the money should have been used to hire another teacher and reduce class sizes. 

The district noted it used capital outlay funds, which by law can’t be spent on salaries.

In the meantime, Brownback's reckless tax cuts has led to a $344,000,000 budget shortfall in the current fiscal year and a projected $600,000,000 in the fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2015.

To address the former, Brownback has proposed the following cuts:
  • $28,000,000 (1.5%) out of elementary and secondary school funding
  • $14,000,000 (2.0%) out of higher education funding,

Kansas Budget Cuts Come to Roost - on Schools.  (Courthouse News Service, 2/9/2015)

Other Kansas tax cut debacle posts:
A Washington Times exercise in myopia.  (1/5/2015)
Dear Governor Brownback, a "real-live experiment" in red-state governance isn't going to reverse a 120-year trajectory.  (12/25/2014)
Dueling Headlines, or, Just because Sam Brownback says it, doesn't mean it's so.  (12/20/2014)
KC Healthy Kids needs to work on its timing.  (12/20/2014) 
Sam Brownback: "The sun is shining in Kansas and don't let anyone tell you different."  (12/11/2014)
Why it's probably best not to be in Kansas anymore.  (12/11/2014)
So....does this make Sam Brownback a liar?  (12/10/2014)
Scott Walker takes his tax cut cues from Sam Brownback.  (11/13/2014)
Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, and Rick Scott: The comeback copycats.  (10/25/2014)
Governors Sam Brownback and Scott Walker use the same playbook.  (9/15/2014)
You don't have to inhale deeply to catch a whiff of Wisconsin here.  (9/15/2014)
It's not a pretty picture for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.  (7/18/2014)
As Kansas becomes increasingly irrelevant, a goofy sideshow.  (2/14/2014)

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