Republican talking points claim there is not a revenue problem, only a spending problem. The data simply does not back that up. Our state debt load has increased 50% in two years. That is a serious indictment. Call it what you want. Fiscal mismanagement. Ultra-conservative nonsense. Foolish manipulation of economic theory. Or simply delusional.
Just be sure to vote them out November 8. If you live in District 25 vote for me. I know how to manage personal, corporate and government budgets. And do it well.
Dr. Flentje points out where these choices by our ultra-con Republican majority have taken our state:
“This far-right faction claims to be “conservative” but has repeatedly adopted unbalanced budgets, spending more than is taken in. A budget reserve of $700 million a few years ago has been depleted. Last spring lawmakers had the audacity to adopt a budget $100 million out of balance and then adjourn. Our state now behaves like a deadbeat by not paying bills on time.
A conservative posture in the use of debt has been abandoned. State taxpayers have been saddled with new, long-term liabilities, and the state’s debt load has ballooned to an all-time high of $4.5 billion, a jump of 50 percent in two years. Statutory caps on borrowing were suspended to issue $400 million in highway debt, which was effectively swept from the highway fund to pay for tax cuts. Financial mismanagement has resulted in repeated downgrades of the state’s credit rating.”
Senator Wagle and friends had a press conference yesterday. Does she really think you will give her ultra-cons another chance? I think not. Such wishful thinking . . .
Vote November 8. This year you can make a difference.
You can find the rest of Dr. Flentje’s article here: http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article106805932.html