Jake: ….Honest… I ran out of gas. I… I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! It wasn’t my fault, I swear to God!
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r) [file photo].
Yesterday, in the Kansas City Star:
….cuts, which Brownback signed into law, have resulted in the state facing hundreds of millions of dollars in budget deficits. The Legislature is working on the 2015-2016 budget now.
“What I got from the Legislature was a naked tax cut with none of the pay-fors,” he said. “I took it because it was the best we were going to get….”
Apparently Governor Brownback (r) never had the opportunity to inform the Kansas Legislature of his concerns.
Think we’ll hear the same thing for Missouri? From The Wall Street Journal in 2012:
Meet One of the Super-PAC Men
His name isn’t Adelson or Koch, but he’s spending millions on politics, hoping to roll back taxes and reform education.
By Naomi Schaefer Riley
Oct. 26, 2012 6:36 p.m. ET
….This year he spent more than $2 million collecting signatures to eliminate the state’s corporate and personal income taxes and replace them with a sales tax capped at 7%. Mr. Sinquefield decided to postpone the initiative until next year because it wasn’t polling well.
Then again, he says, smiling, he may not need to put the initiative on the ballot in 2013 after all-because of some unexpected help from Missouri’s next-door neighbor. Earlier this year, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a significant tax cut, reducing the Kansas income-tax rate to 4.9% from 6.45% and eliminating taxes on 190,000 small businesses.
“Unbelievably brilliant,” Mr. Sinquefield says of the Kansas approach. He expects that businesses, especially S corporations and limited liability companies, will flock across the border. “You go into Kansas City and you stand on State Line Road, right in the heart of the metro area,” he says, and watch businesses jump from the Missouri side to Kansas. “The doctors are going to move. The lawyers are going to move. It will be a little harder for manufacturing to move, but they’ll move too. There will be a cloud of dust at the Missouri-Kansas border.” No surprise: Mr. Sinquefield bankrolled-he won’t say how much-a group called Kansans for No Income Tax that helped get the law passed…..
Missouri is next.