Yael T. Abouhalkah

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Gov. Sam Brownback tweets his disgust with Kansas Supreme Court — and readers blast back

Gov. Sam Brownback wasn’t in a good mood when he criticized the Kansas Supreme Court on Twitter. Readers’ responses to the governor were even more negative.
Gov. Sam Brownback wasn’t in a good mood when he criticized the Kansas Supreme Court on Twitter. Readers’ responses to the governor were even more negative. AP

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wasn’t in a good mood after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the 2015 school funding formula he supported was inequitable.

The court said lawmakers must pass a better plan by June 30 to ensure that K-12 schools can open this fall.

Brownback reacted with this blunt tweet on Thursday, sent to 14,000 followers:

“Kansas has among the best schools in the nation and an activist Kansas Supreme court is threatening to shut them down. #ksleg”

Open the floodgates of wrath.

Almost all the responses in the governor’s Twitter time line were brutal.

And for good reasons. Kansas’ school funding woes are largely caused by the costly income tax cuts Brownback supported in 2012, which have led to a huge slump in state revenues.

Here are just a few of the best printable responses to Brownback:

It’s worth noting that, in a separate statement, Brownback added this: “We will review this decision closely and work with the Legislature to ensure the continued success of our great Kansas schools.”

Unfortunately, Brownback and state lawmakers were warned last year that their block grant funding was a bad way to finance schools — and perhaps unconstitutional.

The courts have confirmed all of this negative news.

It’s time for Brownback to more proactively do something to solve the funding woes, rather than just continue to exacerbate them by borrowing from the road funds or making other fiscally risky moves, such as issuing $1 billion in pension obligation bonds.

One good way to do that is to repeal the income tax cuts so the entire state again has more revenue to provide adequate public services.

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