KC Education Enterprise comment: The public schools will need to be funded one way or another, because students are constitutionally entitled to an education.
Gov. Sam Brownback hasn’t ruled out having Kansas balance its budget by keeping its sales tax at the same rate rather than letting it drop next year as planned.
Brownback acknowledged Wednesday that he is anticipating state revenues will dip temporarily because of massive income tax cuts he signed into law earlier this year. He said a sales tax proposal remains a possibility but he won’t make a decision until he sees how the budget picture develops.
The sales tax is 6.3 percent, but it is scheduled to drop to 5.7 percent in July. The state boosted the tax in 2010 — before Brownback took office — to protect public schools and social services spending, but pledged that most of the increase would be temporary.
“I’m not opposed to it,” Brownback said. “It’s just, let’s see where we are in the budget.”