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oletimer 1 year, 1 month ago

the fact that browny is not personally taking the blame for this screw up is nothing new. we can't have the "king" being proved an idiot, now can we? Sure we can. he proves it every day

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bbnemesis 1 year, 1 month ago

Is it lost on anyone that Anderson said the numbers sent to the legislature were the correct numbers? LAST MONTH? As in, the numbers Brownback would have been using to make his presentation. That there was a massive change since believe the statement of accidental. His powerpoint presentation would have been heavily focused on all numbers making dems look bad. If they already had the accurate figures ANYWHERE the Gov should have, and would have, noticed upon first read through in memorizing the presentation literature.

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SDTPlant 1 year, 1 month ago

Blackcopter,

You are so correct! This guy is not some numbers cruncher who just happened along. He gets his marching orders from the Guvna. And for all of those of you who are saying "show me empirical proof", I say show me empirical proof that this CPA (I'm assuming he's at least that) didn't cook the books at the instruction of the Guvna. To overlook $2.00 is one matter. That's change for the buskers down on Mass.

We'll be years cleaning up the mess that this adminstration leaves us.

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TinmanKC 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey Sam, just quote your buddy Rick Perry "Oops"

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Lane Signal 1 year, 1 month ago

This is just more of the same weasel games Brownie always plays. We really should focus here on the fact that Brownie is unwilling to take the hit for this. He has his bean counter come forward and take responsibility. If Brownie were a leader he would come out and apologize for the error. He would indicate that his team used the wrong numbers. He would take the hit and he would own the mistake. Instead, he hides behind his staff and tries to avoid responsibility. Brownie is not a leader. He is a sneaky little weasel who will never own his mistakes. We should fear his lack of integrity as much as we fear his scorched earth political agenda.

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ssteve1 1 year, 1 month ago

I'll bet it wasn't brownbacks fault at all. I'm thinking it was the gawdawful bush!!!

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verity 1 year, 1 month ago

Anybody is surprised?

These people are absolutely shameless. The only surprise is that an apology was made.

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Tracy Rogers 1 year, 1 month ago

Dave Trabert where are you? You're the guy who criticizes every penny that goes to education. Are you going to honestly say you didn't know Brownback was using the wrong information as he was going around the state saying we need to cut back? Oh, you probably just kept quiet since you knew the misinformation made your cause look better. You're as big a fraud as Brownie is.

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Alyosha 1 year, 1 month ago

So the real story here, aside from the incompetence of the Governor's department heads, is that the Governor himself doesn't even know — till the Eagle pointed it out to him — that he's been monumentally incorrect about his budgetary assumptions and beliefs.

The incompetence of this administration is dangerous. Like giving monkeys the run of the Starship Enterprise.

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Scut Farkus 1 year, 1 month ago

I can't wait for the "Sandy Praeger for Governor" campaign to begin.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 1 month ago

How does our state spending double in the last ten years when population and CPI are no where close following that kind of growth? Where did all the money go? I don't see teachers salaries up 250% in ten years. Where is it? I would like to see a side by side budget between 1993 and 2013 and see where all the money is being blown.

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autie 1 year, 1 month ago

If it is Anderson's mistake, he should be fired for gross incompetence. If it is Brownbacks twist, he should be fired for lying.

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Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 1 month ago

I do not believe Steve Anderson. It wasn't an insignificant mistake in terms of magnitude, and should have been obvious to any senior budget division official in reviewing the data. The Governor used this statistic not once, but many times over the course of weeks in multiple presentations. You mean to tell me, only a "reporter" was the first to notice it? And where was Mr. Trabert, the think-tank guru (and putative scion of Koch financial honesty) on this one?

As the well written article by the Eagle also indicated, the additional lies and deceptions that the Governor has made relative to school spending are well understood by his administration....even by his so-called "task force" on school spending, (which included no representatives of the schools themselves.)

Based upon hints in statements from officials in his administration, I predict the next step will be for the Governor to start substituting his personal, (or his budget director's) estimates for future revenue estimates, thus ending Kansas's decades long and highly esteemed use of the non-partisan, expert-driven Kansas Consensus Revenue Estimating Group.

When that happens, he will be fully substituting political judgement for professional judgement. He will then be fully in control of "cooking the books" because he will forecast blue sky and growth based on his tax cuts, which will be highly over-optimistic (especially for years just beyond the next election).

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

2 billion dollars is a rather large mistake. Considering that Brownback has done little to cut back, but has mostly hired "consultants" to change everything and try and privatize everything, I would think that the budget is actually bigger. I mean we have to make sure that Koch's cronies get a piece of the pie.

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autie 1 year, 1 month ago

I think our civil servant is a lliar. No clerk mistake. Book cook lies.

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Jackie Jackasserson 1 year, 1 month ago

I am not mad at the clerk. Many state data bases are old, set up in a manner unsupportive of questions posed without staff allocated to update the data bases. However, the governor should also apologize publicly.

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1 year, 1 month ago

@P76 Nobody is bagging on "a clerk," unless you're calling The Guv a clerk. So, give up on that. To answer question4u's comment, it's both incompetence and fraud at the administration level. You'll notice also that once again The Guv takes none of the responsibility.

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P76 1 year, 1 month ago

the mistake occurred in entering data on an internal administration spreadsheet.

So some government clerk fat fingered a number. Why are people mad at the clerk? It was a mistake. An accident. Why are the haters bagging on the clerk?

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question4u 1 year, 1 month ago

"'We should have caught the incorrect information but we did not,' Anderson said in his statement.'"

Fraud or incompetence? This is an ugly picture, though not one that we haven't seen before.

Is Brownback so out of touch that he's only seen two numbers? Has no one ever actually discussed the state economy with him? Calling this an error on an internal administration spreadsheet suggests that the people who should know the correct numbers, and more importantly, WHAT THEY MEAN, did know these things. Otherwise the error would be much deeper.

The only possible conclusion is either that Brownback is clueless about even the most basic facts about the economy (whether spending went up or down), or he knew and didn't care about the facts.

So, incompetence or fraud? Why does this question keep coming up about Brownback? More importantly, how did this question become so intimately tied to the future of Kansas?

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Mike1949 1 year, 1 month ago

Ok, someone was about to blow the whistle on the republicans, there is NOT any other reason they would admit to anything! They were about to get caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so they decided they had better own up to the misinformation. Question is, who was about to catch them?

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

This misinformation campaign is part of rt wing strategy. They are not prepared to be called out on this matter by so many different sources. I call it '"cooking the books". The rt wing gates away with this fraudulent information at the beltway level which is where the innermost Brownback admin received training aka Deception 101 - 401.

Just like the erroneous numbers regarding how much is spent per public school student. If this crew figures in the $20 million spent on the extravagant USD 497 PLAY athletic improvement project then $$$$$ per student can truly be misinterpreted.

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prospector 1 year, 1 month ago

Ah Sam, close enough for government work, Right?

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