When I started the Kansas Values Institute, my goal was simple: Bring together Kansans from different backgrounds and educate, equip, and mobilize them around issues that we support like strong schools, safe roads, and tax policy that doesn’t disproportionally hurt hardworking Kansans.
Just a week after Gov. Sam Brownback won re-election, Kansans are starting to feel the impact of his failed policies. The Wichita Eagle had this to say:
“Yet less than a week after the election, new official revenue estimates exposed the ugly truth: The state needs to cut at least $280 million in planned spending before next July, and it could need an additional $436 million in spending reductions or revenue increases next fiscal year.
“And that’s just to get to zero. Restoring the statutorily required ending balance next fiscal year could require an additional $450 million, putting the total spending cuts or revenue increases needed this fiscal year and next at more than $1.2 billion.”
Kansas has dark days ahead because of Brownback’s failed experiment and poor leadership. During the election, outside special interest groups spent more than $10 million, a new record for our state, trying to convince a majority of Kansans that Brownback’s policies were working. However, all of their money doesn’t change the facts on the ground. The fact is that Brownback bankrupted our state. He created this mess, and now he has to fix it.
We plan to hold him and other lawmakers accountable for their policies.
The truth is that our work has never been more important and we don’t plan to go anywhere. The Kansas Values Institute was created for Kansans by Kansans and we are here to stay. Our movement has now grown to more than 20,000 Kansans and more are joining us every day.
Are you committed to holding Gov. Brownback and his legislative allies accountable for their failed leadership? We can do this, but we can’t do it without you. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @KSValues, and tell a friend.
The truth is, our work isn’t over … it has just begun.
Ryan Wright, executive director
Kansas Values Institute
P.O. Box 2124 | Topeka, Kansas 66601
Promoting and preserving traditional Kansas values