"In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on
cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual budget while proposing to
make future tax cuts contingent on revenue projections."
Ouch. ("The latest budget plan includes a major hike in taxes on cigarettes from
79 cents per pack to $2.29 per pack and a jump in a tax on liquor from 8
percent to 12 percent.")
Oh. Sin taxes. Well, raise them high enough and people won't smoke and won't drink. Then where are you?
“My budget proposal recognizes that the current budget trajectory is
unsustainable and that difficult solutions are required by state law as
well as by fiscal prudence,” Brownback said in releasing his two-year budget."
"Kansas revenue analysts reported in November that the state would
require $278 million in cuts by this June to balance the budget. They
said a state reserve fund of about $379 million would be emptied, and
lawmakers should cut an additional $435 million to avoid a deficit this