Letter: Kansas needs to look at why fiscal problems began to appear in the first place

I spent my career in information processing. I had the good fortune to spend many years working with a group of mainframe operating system technicians. They were master problem solvers. I can’t help but think of them as I watch our legislators trying to deal with our fiscal problems.

When problems arose on the mainframe, the first step in resolution was always to look at the last changes. If the problem started with those changes, the changes were backed out and the system restarted to see if that resolved the problem. If so, the changes could then be analyzed to see what adjustments were needed to make them work.

Few people I know question when the fiscal problems first appeared here in Kansas. They immediately followed the radical tax changes introduced in 2012. Perhaps it would serve our Legislature well to take a page out of the old technical support problem solving manual. Let’s back them out and see if that fixes our problem. The Legislature had a chance to do that recently, but our Senate leaders reneged on their promise to support such an effort.

Our legislators seem hesitant to be associated with tax hikes. We all know they are not popular. In this case, perhaps they should not think of them as tax hikes, but as a restoration of reasonable taxes - more importantly, fair taxes.

Joe Hennes, Topeka



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