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Is Kansas on the path to financial crisis? 


With a budget that is facing a $700 million shortfall, Kansas has set the stage for a perpetual budget crisis, Francis argues. Although lawmakers are trying to attract businesses to the state, the financial uncertainty and deficits Kansas will grapple with will undermine such efforts, he says. 

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) and the GOP-controlled legislature are struggling to accomplish two goals: They want to repeal the state income tax but need to balance a budget that, despite substantial spending cuts, faces a $700 million shortfall...