The Kansas City Star Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been tapped to deliver the weekly Republican address (Saturday, April 6). Expanding on a popular theme, he will talk about how, while Washington remains a mess, GOP governors are straightening things out. Unfortunately, some of what Brownback says in his address (which was pre-recorded and embargoed until 5 a.m. Saturday) is exaggerated or misleading. Like this: "The year I became governor, the state began the fiscal year with just $876.05 in the bank - less than $1,000 and it projected a $500 million deficit. Two years later we had a $500 million ending balance - and did it without tax increases." Not exactly. Kansas, like most states, was in deep trouble when Brownback took office in 2011. What lifted Kansas out of its hole was a one-cent sales tax that Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson signed into law and which took effect in July 2010. Brownback has benefited from that tax increase his entire term. He also is lobbying the Legislature to keep it in place, even though part of it is supposed to expire this July. Then there's this: "Now to make that financial turnaround a reality, we didn't cut state funding to schools, we didn't cut state funding for our universities and colleges, we didn't cut state funding for our Medicaid system, we didn't cut state funding for our prisons." Again, misleading. Brownback plays games with education funding, counting factors like bond debt, capital improvement funds and mandatory increases in teachers' retirement contributions in the total. But he cut more than $100 million from basic elementary and secondary school funding in 2011, and reduced the amount of state aid allotted per pupil further last year. And thanks to the overdose on income tax cuts, funds for schools, universities and corrections are all on the chopping block this year. Brownback makes these questionable claims repeatedly, and seems determined not to let reality intrude. The national Republican party has bought into his myth. Kansans know better.