Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback picked up a tip from a Topeka waitress Saturday when he went to eat out at a barbecue restaurant.
When the governor got back the bill for $52.16, his waitress, Chloe Hough, crossed out the tip line and added her own message — “Tip the schools.” She was voicing her concern over changes in state funding for public education and more cuts possibly needing to occur because of the Brownback created fiscal crisis.
The governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 and 2013 radically cut the state income tax in hopes of attracting more businesses, people and revenue to the state. So far the experiment hasn’t paid off.
The state faces a budget shortfall of $800 million or more in the fiscal year that begins in July. Radical budget cuts appear inevitable, and school districts billed with schoolchildren in Kansas are likely to suffer.
State funding for public education already has been converted to block grants.
It is unlikely that Brownback will heed the tip from Hough, even when he should.