Kansas' tax collections fell nearly $13 million short of expectations in July, and the report of the shortfall Monday came on the eve of a primary election in which Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's critics hoped to oust some of his legislative allies.
The state Department of Revenue reported that Kansas collected $425 million in taxes last month. Compared with the state's official forecast of nearly $438 million, the shortfall was 2.9 percent. Kansas has missed its projections 10 of the past 12 months.
In Tuesday's election, more than two dozen Republican legislators face primary challengers, and most are small-government conservative Brownback allies who've continued to stick by his tax-cutting experiment. GOP moderates are hoping to cut into their clout by tapping into anxiety about the budget and future funding for public schools.
Sucks to be them.