Fabricated column

It's bad enough when politicians fabricate stories for political gain, but it's especially appalling coming from a university professor. A recent column by Emporia State professor Michael Smith claimed the Kansas Policy Institute budget plan for the state of Kansas used dynamic scoring to "forecast revenues nearly $400 million higher in FY 2016 than do the state's economists." That is an absolute fairy tale.

KPI did not use dynamic scoring in our budget plan, and the revenue estimates we use are the official estimates. Smith is simply concocting the story to suit his political purpose. Our budget plan for Kansas uses official spending and revenue estimates as the starting point and then suggests some legislative changes to increase revenue and reduce spending without affecting services.

The Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback do need to reduce the cost of government, but it can be done by implementing a better-service, better-price culture that provides quality services at a better price and passes the savings on in the form of lower taxes. In other words, focus on maximizing value for citizens instead of growing government.

Dave Trabert,

president of Kansas Policy Institute