Letter to the Editor: Downplaying failure of Brownback’s tax plans

Gov. Sam Brownback. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel File)

Kansas is coming in from the cold after the repeal of Gov. Sam Brownback’s failed tax policies, but much more is needed from our Legislature, such as expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Brownback’s refusal to allow this expansion has already cost our state more than $1 billion, and unless our elected officials in Topeka act responsibly, that will continue to mount up.

Interestingly enough, Brownback allowed $147 million to be taken from the ACA in order to shore up the state’s budget in 2014, yet he still opposes an expansion that will help tens of thousands of needy Kansans.

And so it is without surprise that the Koch brothers’ political action group, Americans for Prosperity, continues to support Brownback’s tax structure in spite of the fact that the 2012 tax bill left our state government broke. And the AFP response? The budget just needed tweaking. Really? One billion dollars taken from KDOT to keep the state going and another billion in bond debt to keep KPERS solvent, and all we needed was a bit of tweaking?

I wish my personal budget was that simple. Maybe then I could vacation in Nassau during the winter months and just drink up the good life.

Michael Betz, Wichita



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