I’ve repeatedly reported on the great Conservative Utopia experiment going on in Kansas (headquarters of the conservative Koch browsers). Naturally, every time they get bad news, the conservatives just double down on cutting even more taxes and destroying even more of the social safety net, claiming that they just have to keep doing the same thing until it works.
Well, except that it keeps making things worse. Much worse.
How bad is it? Well, it is pretty bad when even Fox Business News throws conservatives under the bus. Fox reports that state revenue, which conservatives promised would go up when they cut taxes and regulations, keeps going down. In fact, their deficit is another $47 million more than their last revised projections. Kansas is facing at least a $279 million budget shortfall and the state is in danger of defaulting.
So what are the Republicans, who completely control the state, doing? They are proposing even more drastic spending cuts.
And next year looks even worse, with a projected $436 million budget shortfall. As one of the remaining Democrats in the legislature put it, “How much worse does it have to get before Gov. Brownback admits his failed economic experiment is leading to a meltdown of every public service upon which Kansans depend?”