NYT upset that Kansas dealing with budget shortfall by cutting spending



As Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas campaigned for a second term this year, he was forced to fend off repeated criticism that his deep income tax cuts — the hallmark of his tenure — had put the state in a fiscal nose-dive.

--Have you ever seen an NYT article which talks about government spending causing a state to go in a "fiscal nosedive"? No, and you never will.

He assured Kansans that he would balance the budget and preserve services by making the government more efficient and nipping expenditures to make up for lost revenue. Those who predicted budgetary Armageddon were pandering and misleading, he insisted.

Within days of winning re-election, the governor was confronted with a grimmer budget picture as fiscal experts forecast that the state would bring in a billion dollars less over the next two years than initially projected. Most urgently, the experts said, the governor needed to address a shortfall of nearly $280 million in the current fiscal year.

His response came this past week, as he offered his first proposal to steady the budget, at least in the short term. He suggested cutting more than $70 million in agency spending and transferring more than $200 million into the state general fund from various reserves to plug the gap through the fiscal year ending in June.

Most of Mr. Brownback’s solution to fill the current hole comes through transferring more than $200 million from various state funds, such as one for highway projects and another for early-childhood education programs, into the state general fund. He also ordered a 4 percent budget cut to many, though not all, state agencies. He spared things like classroom funding and Medicaid, which would have sparked a lot of controversy if they were cut.

--4%? How awful! How extreme!!!

A state advocacy organization for children said that the governor’s pro

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According to the report, which analyzed data from the Survey of Consumer Finances from the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of white households in 2013 was $141,900, about 13 times that of black households at $11,000.

In 2007, when the recession began in the United States, the median net worth of white households was $192,500, or 10 times that of black households at $19,200.

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