As North Carolina’s General Assembly begins the process of reconciling the budget proposals from the House and Senate, they would be wise to look to the newspapers in Kansas today.
A bipartisan supermajority of both houses rejected Gov. Brownback’s tax cutting agenda and choose a different approach—funding the programs and services that can grow the economy stronger and for all through a $1.2 billion revenue package.
This leadership from the Kansas Legislature came as cuts to schools, health care and infrastructure were mounting, the state’s fiscal stability was questioned by rating agencies, and many tax-cut supporters lost their bid for re-election in the Fall of 2016.
As Nick Johnson with the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities noted in a statement:
“Kansas’ five-year experiment shows us what happens when we try to tax-cut our way to prosperity, but the legislature’s action reminds us that we have other options.”
North Carolina Representatives and Senators, we too have better options.