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Gov. Sam Brownback puts blame for Kansas budget deficits on GOP lawmakers

Interesting comments from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week.

In talking to a Topeka business audience, he appeared to suggest that lawmakers were to blame for handing him such a deep set of tax cuts a couple of years ago.

Those cuts, which Brownback signed into law, have resulted in the state facing hundreds of millions of dollars in budget deficits. The Legislature is working on the 2015-2016 budget now.

“What I got from the Legislature was a naked tax cut with none of the pay-fors,” he said. “I took it because it was the best we were going to get.”

You can’t help but wonder how lawmakers will react to this. So far, Brownback and the GOP majorities appear to get along famously.

But comments like this could place pressure on those ties.