Friday, June 12, 2015

Funny How That Works

Republican governors railroad through massive tax cuts in their states and hey presto, they find themselves in fiscal and political peril.

In Illinois, fights over the state budget and its $3 billion shortfall have hit such an impasse that Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, issued a dire warning last week that a “major, major restructuring of the government” was around the corner.

In Kansas, centrist Republicans have joined Democrats in attributing the state’s $400 million budget gap to deep tax cuts passed in 2012 and 2013 at the urging of Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican.

And in Louisiana, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled State Legislature are in a standoff with their party colleague Gov. Bobby Jindal as they struggle with a $1.6 billion shortfall.

At least neither Mr. Rauner or Mr. Brownback plan to launch a bid for the presidency.  But there’s still time yet.