By Alan Gordon
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is asking for a day of fasting and prayer to solve the state’s financial woes. After Brownback and a Republican-led legislature embarked on a massive tax-cutting plan the state now faces a $228 million budget shortfall, according to The Topeka-Capitol Journal.
However, Brownback, a former Evangelical turned Catholic,’s latest plan is to ask for divine help.
“God came to me in a dream and told me that if the state prayed and fasted for 24 hours, we would solve our financial problems,” said Brownback in a press release.
Brownback’s Kansas was seen as an experiment in supply-side economics (Reaganomics.) But that experiment has turned into a disaster. State revenue plunged after Brownback passed the largest tax cut in American history and now Kansas is faced with cutting education and social services. In addition, some businesses are now fleeing the state in frustration, which is ironic because Brownback eliminated taxes for about 200,000 businesses as a way of attracting commerce.
Jeff Blackwood, CEO of Pathfinder Health Innovations, recently announced he had enough. In a letter posted on his company’s website. Blackwood said he was leaving the state to protest Brownback’s policies.
“I can’t, in good conscience, continue to give our tax money to a government that actively works against the needs of its citizens; a state that is systematically targeting the citizens in most need, denying them critical care and reducing their cost of life as if they’re simply a tax burden that should be ignored,” said Blackwood.