The Topeka capital Journal:
Gov. Sam Brownback defended his School Efficiency Task Force and his record on education funding Tuesday, saying the tax cuts he championed last session will increase K-12 spending in the long run.
Brownback said the key to school funding is increasing the tax base through private sector growth that drives up property values and sales tax receipts. He noted that school districts rely not just on state funding, but also local property tax levies.
“I can’t emphasize this enough — growth is the key to education funding,” Brownback said, then repeated the phrase for emphasis.
Brownback also sought to dispel what he called “scare tactics” in campaign mailers and Democratic news conferences leading up to the November elections.
Democrats have pointed to Legislative Research Department projections that show last session’s income tax cuts leading to billion-dollar deficits over the next five years as proof that Brownback…
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