Archive for Friday, August 17, 2012

Brownback asks agencies to propose 10 percent cuts

August 17, 2012


Gov. Sam Brownback, who recently signed into law massive tax cuts, has directed state agencies to propose cuts in their budgets of 10 percent, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Lawrence Journal-World. His office said agencies should prepare for possible economic problems “that are beyond our control.”

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said Brownback’s directive shows that the Republican governor “intends to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of seniors, the disabled and public safety.”

Davis added, “Gov. Brownback’s ‘road map for Kansas’ is already steering our state into the ditch, and the consequences of his failed priorities have only just begun.”

In past statements, Brownback has promised to protect education, Medicaid and public safety funding.

His spokeswoman, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, said Thursday, “However, there are things agencies can do to reduce costs and streamline their offices without impacting services. The governor has asked state agencies to prepare contingency budget plans should something happen to the country and world economies that are beyond our control.”

State agencies are in the process of formulating spending plans for fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1, 2013.

The agency budget proposals are submitted to Brownback for review before Brownback releases his budget plan to the Legislature in January. Any final budget would have to be approved by the Legislature and governor.

Brownback’s budget director, Steve Anderson, directed agencies to propose the cuts.

“As you are likely aware, the FY 2014 budget will require prioritization of programs, consolidation of resources and consideration of alternatives to current organizational structures, funding streams and outdated ways of doing business,” Anderson wrote in a letter to agencies.

He added, “These reductions should be thoughtful efforts at conserving state funds and not simply repeating old proposals that are not practical.”

Anderson directs the agencies to provide a reduced resource package of 10 percent.

Anderson also said no salary increases should be part of the budget proposals and that the administration is preparing for “dramatic reductions” in tobacco settlement monies, which fund several children’s programs.

Brownback pushed through tax cuts during the last legislative session that will reduce state income tax rates and exempt the owners of 191,000 businesses from paying income taxes on nonwage income.

Democrats and some Republicans have said the tax cuts will benefit mostly the wealthy, are too large and will force cuts in state funding of schools, social services and public safety.

Under the cuts, tax revenue is projected to decline $4.5 billion over the next six years. The state budget totals about $6.2 billion in state revenue annually, and it sustained significant cuts during the recent recession.

The Legislature’s research staff forecast that the tax cuts would lead to a budget shortfall within a couple of years that could grow to a range of $2.5 billion to $3 billion in 2018.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

"Nearly 50 Percent Say Republicans Intentionally Sabotaging Economy ". REPUBS ARE the economic terrorists.

I say at least 50% are on to something and it's been going on for about 33 years. I know some don't believe it however it is documented.

Economic Destruction Platform Written In Stone by the Economic Terrorists

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

DESTRUCTION Tax cuts = DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time.

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the DESTRUCTION national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

DESTRUCTION ENTITLEMENT - Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative".

Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch.

Once Bush's DESTRUCTION policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

Sam Brownback is the Kansas delegate representing the rt wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party for Economic Terrorism.

Funding for Economic Terrorism is provided by:

Wal-Mart / Exxon Mobil / Corrections Corporation of America / AT&T / Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

Time Warner Cable / Comcast / Verizon / Phillip Morris International / Koch Industries

assisted through a host of right-wing think tanks and foundations.

The Architects

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 6 months ago

Il Marrone's Minister of Information says, "...should something happen to the country and world economies that are beyond our control.”

Il Marrone is already cleverly planning for a "Blame Obama" campaign, anticipating an Obama victory in November and the subsequent refusal of House Republicans to extend tax cuts or compromise on budget cuts.

The resulting economic collapse will be Obama's fault, no the fault of Il Marrone's outrageous tax shift!

It is the so-called "fiscal cliff" economists are dreading, one Republicans like Il Marrone and his Koch-funded pals in Congress are eager to drive our country off of.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

No. It started yesterday. I suppose there is a method to the madness but what is up with continuing to restart articles about the same thing. More clicks maybe? In this case, blowing away the first one. Duplicate articles is not going to improve the number of readers. If anything it renders the website even more worthless to those that bothered to take the time to post in the first place.

cowboy 5 years, 6 months ago

Seems the more the LJW "improves" the site the worse it gets , terribly slow and dysfunctional at times , nanny moderating while allowing repetitive trolls , and typos my granddaughter could catch. Come on LJW , up your game a bit.

headdoctor 5 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't surprise me to find out the people who know about the programing of the site and how to fix it aren't working for World Company anymore.

Kate Rogge 5 years, 6 months ago

I thought our revised tax structure guaranteed us prosperity? Why should we be preparing for Armageddon?

George_Braziller 5 years, 6 months ago

And there's a limit as to how much can be cut no matter how much Brownie may want it. After a budget has been cut to the bone the only thing left is to get rid of the bones. When that happens departments cease to function.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

Just my guess, but I think the next budget will have a 2% cut in department "A", a 6% cut in department "B", a 4% cut in department "C", all justified as being well within the guidelines of the proposed 10% cuts submitted. I'd be very surprised if every department's budget was cut 10%.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 6 months ago

Brownback did what his owners paid him to do. Now, it is quite obvious to everyone that the plan won't work. It helps the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. We knew that. Now he is making excuses,already, as to why we need more cuts. Kansas is truly in trouble with this type of "Leadership". We have been fed a line of bull.Get ready for more to come.Since when is progress measured by how far Back you can take a state or its Government. Oh, since the Conservative, Right wing, Christian(Really?) GOP took control of our state. You know what they Say:"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Welcome to the New Kansas!

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm not hiring anyone, and neither is any other professional I know.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 6 months ago

It is all going to plan.

Brownback's plan to redistribute wealth from the middle class to the wealthy and corporations is in full swing.

Cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations is now "economic forces beyond our control".

A big proportion of state workers are republicans who will lose their jobs because of Brownback's command and control economic dictates.

firebird27 5 years, 6 months ago

I realize that the initial assumption is that Brownback is perpetrating an ideological agenda on the Kansas citizenry. To some degree he may be doing that, and being a Democrat, I am predisposed to believe so. However, there are deeper roots to his tax cuts and governmental cutbacks.

Kansas, like other states, are facing budget deficits with increasing demands for services. Federal mandates have placed a financial burden on all states, and in his own way, Brownback is attempting to balance a budget while simultaneously paying for these mandates and other state needs, such as education.

At the same time, Kansas is not competing well in terms of business. The state only has one Fortune 500 company. I believe his aim in tax cuts is to give relief to local businesses as well as Kansans to keep afloat during this recession.

If we want to keep and increase government services, we will need to raise taxes (which no politician ever wants to do), because many agencies and educational institutions have already made substantial cuts. The problem of this strategy is that we become less competitive with other states.

I can offer no solutions for these problems. Kansas is an unattractive state to businesses and people for a variety of reasons. Other states have lower costs. There is no real tourism in Kansas that attracts people who want an ocean or mountains. It can be extremely cold or hot here. For these reasons among others, Kansas has difficulties. To make matters worse, the nearest largest metropolitan area that might be an economic growth machine is just across the border in Missouri.

As for tax cuts, we should target them. I think it is wise to provide them for small businesses that produce goods and can demonstrate they have created jobs. I do not think Kansans should get a tax break from financial gains in the stock market.

As a Democrat, I would not want to be the governor of this state and attempt to solve this state's economy. It is an incredibly tough job.

George_Braziller 5 years, 6 months ago

It's a lot for an individual but $500 million is pocket change for a state. It's about 0.2% of the projected deficit.

"The Legislature’s research staff forecast that the tax cuts would lead to a budget shortfall within a couple of years that could grow to a range of $2.5 billion to $3 billion in 2018."

geekin_topekan 5 years, 6 months ago

If you have ever drove through Western Kansas late at night, the only thing on the radio is propaganda.

Teen Daughter: Daddy, I saw a homeless man today and he said that he was out of work and hungry. I felt so bad and wanted to do something.

Dad: Oh honey, I am so proud of your compassionate heart, it shows that you truly follow with Jesus. There is nothing you can do fro that homeless man until he, too, finds Christ.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

I believe Christian charity predates government charity by many centuries. As populations exploded, Christian (and other religious as well as private, non religious) charities were unable to keep up, so government charity assumed much of that role. As we can see, both produced mixed results. But belittling one does not bolster the other.

voevoda 5 years, 6 months ago

For those posters who can't figure out what geekin_topekan is objecting to in the snippet from W Kansas radio: The implications are 1) Christians should not give donations to non-Christians (that is, persons who do not meet their definition of "Christian"); 2) Anybody who is poor and homeless can't possibly be a true "Christian;" 3) Changing one's conception of the nature of the divine to conform to a certain, narrowly-defined theology will lead automatically to economic stability. All those assumption are quite alien to Christ's actual teachings, and also to the kind of charity most Christian churches traditionally extended. And yes, government charity predates Christian charity. Read Roman history.

PaulJr 5 years, 6 months ago

I am all for 10% reduction across the board. Kansas will not survive unless new policies are followed. This is an existential crisis. For the duration of the crisis: First we cut payments to Kansas and subordinate jurisdiction bondholders by 10%. We cut all other Kansas and subordinate jurisdiction payments by 10% to any who receive amounts above a certain sum. We cut all taxes in KS and subordinate jurisdictions by 10% for all. Including real estate, sales, etc. All shortfalls in government revenues shall be financed by a Kansas Reserve Bank, empowered to issue currency, the Kansas Dollar, and issue loans, established on the model of the Federal Reserve, the USA Central Bank, but wholly owned by the citizens of Kansas. The Kansas Reserve Bank shall serve as lender of first resort for all future Kansas and subordinate jurisdiction borrowing. If Governor Brownback is unwilling or unable to serve the interests of ALL Kansans, I will graciously volunteer to serve as Kansas Chief Executive for the duration of the crisis without pay, to protect ALL Kansans from the devastation rained on innocent Kansans by this crisis. As Kansas Chief Executive (Interim), I will appoint Committees of Safety composed of Kansas citizens to enforce a luxury reduction program throughout the State and its subordinate jurisdictions.

andrewl85 5 years, 6 months ago

Many businesses have had to cut 10% or more from their budget because of the economic climate. If the private sector has to cut back, government agencies should also have to cut back. 10% is pretty modest anyway.

msezdsit 5 years, 6 months ago

"Brownback asks agencies to propose 10 percent cuts"

Hey, reach down and try real hard and make do with 10% cuts so I can give it to my buddies.

nytemayr 5 years, 6 months ago

!0% fewer state troopers 10% fewer county's 10% state representatives?

interesting idea?

Larry Sturm 5 years, 6 months ago

All agencies should add 10% to their budgets,

verity 5 years, 6 months ago

Of course the economic fiasco Kansas is facing is beyond Browback's control. He sold his soul to the devil and now he has to pay up---with our blood.

herb126 5 years, 6 months ago

Let's see if I've got this straight: - the legislature made massive tax cuts in the Spring - In August the governor is asking for plans to reduce budgets by 10%

What's the problem? I'm sure that the legislature told you to expect this when they made the cuts, right?

Is this a surprise?

Orwell 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, lighten up… I'm sure Charlie and Dave will spread their millions in tax cuts all over the state, for the benefit of all of us.

Now… what am I offered for this beautiful bridge you see behind me?

Commenting has been disabled for this item.