Imagine Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — hat in hand, shoulders slumped — walking into the White House, begging President Barack Obama to bail out the reddest of red states whose budget Brownback wrecked.
That probability is starting to look more and more possible as new budget projections start to emerge for the Sunflower State. A report from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff shows that Brownback’s plan for fixing the shortfall in the current budget will only create more problems in the near future, The Associated Press reports.
Republicans, who’ve been skilled at blaming Democrats for “kicking the can down the road,” have proven to be more adept at doing that exact same thing.
Budget figures for Kansas released Thursday indicate that the governor’s plan does eliminate a projected deficit of $279 million for the current fiscal year. However, under Brownback’s plan, a projected budget gap of $436 million that shows up for the fiscal year starting in July, actually grows to a whopping $648 million.
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The fixes Brownback proposes include diverting funds from other accounts. If he goes through with his plans, the consequences could be dire for the state and the people who depend on services.
If Brownback continues on the path he’s on, a bailout from Obama could be the governor’s only option. Wouldn’t that be a great photo-op?