It was a two billion-dollar mistake in presentation of state government spending, and Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback used it to portray his administration as cutting spending compared to his Democrat predecessor.
That mistake came out of the office of state budget director Steve Anderson. He has now explained that he actually inherited that budget report from his predecessor, but he has taken full responsibility for the confusion. He says he offered Brownback his resignation, but the governor turned him down. Anderson will stay on the job.
I appreciate the way Mr. Anderson has taken responsibility for an error which he says was made by someone else. That is really tough to do.
I also appreciate his offer to resign, rather than cause any further embarrassment to Governor Brownback.
It’s not often that we see public officials doing what Steve Anderson has done. He is apparently an honest man, with personal integrity.
I’ll bet he is extra careful with those budget numbers in the future.
Our thought for today is from Bourke Cockran:
“Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.”