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Brownback’s former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI

September 6, 2013


— Steve Anderson, who resigned last month as Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director, will continue to work on state fiscal policy, it was announced today.

Anderson, a certified public accountant, is returning to work for the Kansas Policy Institute, a Wichita-based think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding.

Anderson, 59, will serve in a part-time consulting role focusing on fiscal policy and government operations, according to the Wichita-based KPI.

"It is great to have Steve coming home again to help us show how tax reform can be implemented by reducing the cost of government services. His experience as a CPA and time in government make him uniquely qualified to find fiscally responsible solutions in government," said KPI President Dave Trabert.

For the past three years, Anderson was the state's budget director, pushing for Brownback's fiscal policies.

Brownback has signed into law income tax cuts that he says will boost the economy, but critics say will shift the tax burden onto lower income Kansans and restrict funding for schools and social services.

Brownback’s choice of Anderson as state budget director raised eyebrows because of Anderson’s previous work with Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by billionaire David Koch that promotes cuts in taxes, regulations and the size of government.


Thomas Bryce 7 months, 1 week ago

The Bottom line is that it is up the People Of Kansas to fix this. The rest of the country couldn't care less about what happens Here. Kansas represents less than 1% of the population of this Country. Washington doesn't care. The rest of the country doesn't care. And the Current Administration here in Kansas is using that to their benefit. We The People Of Kansas Need to Take Back Our Government! They need to be reminded that They Work For US, not the other way around. Educate yourselves on the policies of Your Area Representative. Look at their Voting record. Do they Represent Your Views? Are You Benefiting from that Representation? If Not, Vote them Out! ALL Of Them, before it is too late.


Trumbull 7 months, 1 week ago

The Laffer curve really only cares for one economic engine, the private sector. This is all well and good, but it fails to realize that the government is a stimulator as well. And these two engines are dependent upon one another, the end result being even more stimulus for private contractors. Failing to invest in education and infrastructure is taking dominoes out of the economy.....some of them belonging to the private sector.


Richard Heckler 7 months, 1 week ago

Nothing will change. It's still supply side economics = reckless nonsense. Can we say stealing from the taxpayers?

Killing public education will be a big item this next session.

Further cuts to the many budgets is also a big item. The more cuts the less likely good government programs/services will be able to function. Simple basic economics. Then the report will be "see how big government cannot work".

Further cuts to budgets does not reduce tax dollar spending however nor the size of government. Those tax dollars will be transferred to large corporations under the false philosophy of "privatization" which does NOT provide better services for less.

In fact this "privatization" philosophy is anything but efficient use of tax dollars when we understand how these tax dollars can be converted to special interest campaign donations,CEO pay packages,golden parachutes,salaries to BOD's,advertising budgets and other sorts of wasteful spending of tax dollars.


Richard Heckler 7 months, 1 week ago

This is their budget plan. Arthur Laffer is the point person for Sam Brownback admin.

Economist Arthur Laffer, patron saint of tax cuts, is back, with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he hopes will put the kibosh on future plans for government stimulus. Laffer, who had his heyday back in the Reagan years, is best known as the popularizer of the notion that raising tax rates beyond a certain level can actually reduce tax revenues by, among other things, discouraging entrepreneurship. The graphic representation of this idea, though not original to Laffer, came to be known as the Laffer Curve.

While he’s always had detractors, Laffer also had a lot of fervent fans back in the day. But his latest excursion into the public debate has drawn harsh criticism not only from liberal economists like Berkeley’s Brad DeLong but also from stimulus-hating, anti-Keynesian economists you might expect to agree with the Laffer line. The consensus? Laffer seems to have forgotten, or ignored, some pretty basic concepts in economics. In other words, Laffer is getting laughed off the economic stage.

Read more:


jayhawxrok 7 months, 1 week ago

I am so sick of Brownback, his stooges and the Koch Bros. These buffoons will not rest until KS is the MS of 1900. Sickening.


weeslicket 7 months, 2 weeks ago

since mr. trabert and the KPI are "driven by data", or so they re-affirm:

here's a marker for us: average "likes" per mr. trabert's posted comments.


Slowponder 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Dave, Dave, Dave,

Applying efficiencies to education is like applying lipstick to a pig. Education should and does resist the business principles you extol. Adding efficiency to education does not get to the root issue -- learning and making student's excited and open to learning. Didn't your teachers teach you well?


oldexbeat 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Koch Policy Institute is a great tax avoidance way to have larger and larger staffs for the Koch Brothers. They clearly believe in large administrative organizations pushing tax cuts that benefit themselves more than almost any other Kansan. Bonus, now they own the governor, too. And through the Koch Brothers LLC LTd ALEC propaganda group, they own the Kansas legislature, also. Really it is bright-- certain world leaders could learn from them on a better way to take over countries without much blood or votes. Divide and conquer -- voter IDs -- districts that wrap around a state -- reduce services for cheap labor -- no health plans so sick and weak people can't really do much. Great plan for power hungry ruling class.


jafs 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This illustrates the problem of the relationship between the private and public sector these days.

From AFP to government, and then out to KPI.

Does anybody believe that his service as budget director wasn't heavily influenced by the kind of ideology espoused by these entities?

And, now he will "consult" with KPI on how to effectively influence government as well.

Personally, I'd prefer that government employees be public servants, working for the good of the public, and much less ideologically driven. But, I guess I'm just old fashioned that way.


Tongie_soccer 7 months, 2 weeks ago

KPI and AFP are NOT friends of public education - they have shown that time and time again through their actions. At least be honest Mr. Trabert.


Bob_Keeshan 7 months, 2 weeks ago

C'mon Trabert, you hired the guy for that study, and now you've hired him again.

Why not, Trabert? Was the money not actually there? Are you really going to argue process? He's the budget director, yet never once did he say, "Hey, guys, there's like $2 billion just sitting around that we should be spending so hey, let's spend it."

Well, he did make a $2 billion balancing error that you're trying to pawn off on somebody else. Just like you're trying to pawn off this question on the legislature. Where's the buck stop, Trabert?


Bob_Keeshan 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Trabert -- before he was budget director, Steve Anderson was paid by you to "prove" the state was sitting on almost $2 billion that should be being spent and circulated in the economy.

How come he never spent that money, Trabert?

From Dave Trabert's group:

Steve Anderson, a certified public accountant and author of the analysis, includes several examples of agency-fund growth. He cites the Board of Accountancy because it's typical of many fee-funded agencies. "The board's unencumbered fund balances from 2006 thru 2009, which include the current economic decline, reveals a 38 percent increase. Clearly, any fee that exceeds the cost of providing the service is simply a backdoor tax, which in this case is imposed on CPAs and their clients. The nearly half million dollars that sit in the coffers of the Accountancy Board represent monies that could be circulating through the economy."


cowboy 7 months, 2 weeks ago

When looking at the KPI , AFP , the burning question is exactly who invited you to Kansas , who pays your bills , and why are you here. We all know the answers. Koch , Koch , minion for Koch . The good people of Kansas would invite you all to leave , stop your nosy neighbor involvement in local Kansas issues and find a more fertile ground for your scamapalooza , NC and Fla come to mind.

What is amazing is the ignorant tools that have been swept into offices via your support . I'm a senior now and have never seen a more cognitive challenged group in my lifetime.


yourworstnightmare 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The KPI and Anderson's ilk live in an ideological bubble. Their "trickle down" policy ideas have been long discredited and have proven to be bad for the economy and for civil society in general.

Yet they keep crowing about the same old tired, failed, discredited ideas of trickle down. It's a shame.


Bruce Bertsch 7 months, 2 weeks ago

It's actually complete BS. The KochPI is all about reducing everything but Koch Industries Profits. State law typically dictates how funds may be spent by school districts. A minor detail that the KPI and AFP always tend to overlook. Kind of like overlooking Laffer's supply side economics having never worked.


Dave Trabert 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I must point out that Scott Rothschild's characterization of KPI advocating for lower school funding is inaccurate. We often explain how districts could operate more efficiently and show that they aren't spending all of the tax dollars they receive, but that's not advocating for lower school funding. Rather, it is showing how districts' desire for more money in certain areas can be met by operating more efficiently...and that tax increases aren't necessary to provide more money for schools.

That may sound like parsing words but it is a very important distinction because spending less is often assumed to mean that services must be reduced. That is only the case if districts choose to do so... they have other options at their disposal.


Cheryl Nelsen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Will he be using a calculator this time?


xyz 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, Dave, make sure somebody checks Steve's calculations, since he has problems with amounts in the $2 billion range!!


Bruce Bertsch 7 months, 2 weeks ago

A misguided Kochite going to work for more Kochites.


chootspa 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Steve is "coming home again." You mean working for KPI is pretty much the same thing as working for AFP? You don't say!


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