In Kansas, tax increases could have been avoided

Kansas CapitolThe Kansas Legislature has had several years to come up with plans for reforming government spending. But it didn’t do that. Now, leaders in the Kansas legislature and executive branch tell us the only way to balance the Kansas budget this year is by raising more revenue through taxation. That may be true, as reforming spending and budgeting takes time to accomplish.

We — the legislature — had the time. But our legislature and executive branch squandered that opportunity. Now, they ask you for more tax revenue.

For more on this issue, see: In Kansas, a lost legislative opportunity and Efficiency has not come to Kansas government.