To the editor:
With tax revenues up, the governor has a task force working in private to figure out ways to distribute this surplus via tax cuts. Such a wise course of action to keep this quiet; avoid the troubles and hassles associated with being open book or drawing from others with views that differ from your own ideological, economic and educational world view.
I mean, really, formulating solutions using input from diverse voices and with a better chance of statewide buy-in is so overrated, as is, apparently, a strong Kansas public education system. Sure, state spending per pupil has plummeted to pre-2000 levels, schools are closing and consolidating, class sizes are increasing, schools are in need of capital improvements, our state and national student performance levels are stagnant, etc., but there really are far better ways to use this revenue than reinstating previous education cuts.
With Wall Street and corporate America already sitting on $2 trillion in cash, I’m sure that distributing this extra hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses and individuals throughout our state will result in a flood of spending and job creation. So let the governor and your state representatives know how well you appreciate their wonderfully farsighted actions.