Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s power point presentation illustrates that state spending on his watch has been reduced, compared with former Governor Mark Parkinson. Wrong! Spending under Brownback has actually increased the past two years.
Hats off to the Wichita Eagle for doing what state government seems incapable of doing, finding a mistake. State budget director Steve Anderson acknowledges the mistake and apologizes. But the fact remains, our governor has been selling his spending record based on numbers that are not accurate.
Eagle Reporters Dion Lefler and Brent Wistrom revealed that the governor’s presentation shows state spending peaked at about $16 billion in 2010. The actual spending number was just over $14 billion under the Democrat Parkinson.
Bottom line: Brownback has not reduced state spending since he took office in 2011 … but has actually increased spending.
Can we taxpayers respectfully ask the state budget director to do a better job? Let’s get the facts straight before we let politicians start using them.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”