If Brownback joins the Trump administration, would a Kansas budget fix follow?
Could Kansas more easily address its budget problems if Gov. Sam Brownback leaves the state for a new job?
The answer, from some lawmakers and analysts, appears to be yes — with important qualifications.
The question would have been inconceivable a year ago. Brownback, elected to a second term in 2014, was fully expected to serve his entire second term and leave office early in 2019.
But persistent rumors of a job for Brownback in Donald Trump’s new administration have led to a discussion among a handful of lawmakers about the impact a Brownback resignation would have on next year’s legislative session, which is expected to be difficult.