▪ “Personally, I'm going to miss serving with some of you, because I doubt they'll return you.” — Kansas state Sen. David Haley, a Kansas City, Kan., Democrat, addressing his GOP colleagues last week. His point: Republican senators will struggle to explain to voters why lawmakers backed one of the largest tax increases in state history.
The fallout from the 2015 session continues.
▪ “It's clearly a cautionary tale for other states to have in mind.” — Matthew Gardner, executive director of the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, on how Kansas’ experience with tax cuts, and their resulting budget problems, is discouraging other states from following suit.
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For example, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley failed to pass income tax cuts in her state even though she made it clear that, “We are not doing what Kansas did.”
▪ “We’ve got a little bit of a hole to fill here.” — Jim Freeman, chief financial officer for the Wichita school district, on the the need to raise property taxes to fill a budget shortfall.
The issue: The state’s new block-grant method of funding schools won’t be enough to cover rising expenses in the district. School officials say they expect this scenario to repeated elsewhere around the state.
▪ “It’s so frustrating around here that everyone wants it their way. This is where we desperately need a compromise, and we need it now rather than at the eleventh hour.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, saying she hopes lawmakers in Washington pass a budget sooner rather than later.
McCaskill said some compromising is in order as lawmakers fight over declining federal resources. (link via johncombest.com).