Kansas should stick with budget plan



January 23, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Before they push hard for tax cuts, Republican legislators would be wise to remember the mistakes that cost the party the governor’s office.

Last week, newly inaugurated Gov. Laura Kelly outlined her proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Kelly pushed for increased public education funding, expanded Medicaid and pay raises for state employees. She proposed refinancing the state’s pension debt over 30 years. Kelly’s $18.4 billion budget is the state’s largest ever.

What Kelly did not include in her budget was income tax relief, a major initiative for Republicans, who control the House and Senate by overwhelming margins. Republicans want to return to residents some of the excess tax revenue that has accumulated since lawmakers overhauled the state’s tax policies.

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