Ever since the story broke that Lynn Jenkins has mismanaged tens of millions of Kansas tax dollars over the course of the last six years, the Jenkins campaign has been desperately trying to blame anyone other than Lynn Jenkins herself for a mistake that has resulted in increased taxes all over Kansas.
So much for the buck stopping with you, huh, Lynn? Is that "New Republican Leadership?"
“Now she’s saying it isn’t her job to make sure $15 million in taxpayer dollars goes to the right counties, despite those funds being specifically under her control,” said Kansas Democatic Party executive director Mike Gaughan. “For an accountant, Lynn Jenkins seems to have zero interest in accountability.”One of the really scary problems counties face now is what will happen next. Jenkins says her failure will get corrected by state legislature (Why? Why on Earth should the Legislature fix an Executive Branch screw-up?), and that it's all out of her hands. The only facts we actually know are that dozens of counties were overpaid millions by the state, and dozens more are due millions of dollars from the state.
Don't worry to much, though, because today in the Manhattan Mercury, Lynn's campaign manager Patrick Leopold offered some fortune telling that should reassure counties statewide.
Leopold did say, however, that overpaid counties, such as Riley, "can safely assume that they (the state legislature) will not ask for the money back."How in the world can anyone "safely assume" anything like that?
We'd say, actually, you can safely assume the exact opposite of what Mr. Leopold is saying, and that, in about five months, the legislature will have its collective hand out in front of each of the overpaid counties asking for the funds back- so the state can then turn around and cut checks to the counties still due millions. Counties like Riley and Osage and Wilson and Jackson will get to pay the "Lynn Jenkins Screw-Up Tax" at the tune of tens of thousands of dollars a pop while taxpayers in Shawnee and Douglas and Leavenworth counties might have actually seen lower taxes for the last six years- had Ms. Jenkins been doing her job.
It's obvious the Jenkins Campaign is in overdrive in an attempt to smooth this disaster over, but one thing is for certain: Lynn Jenkins, CPA, let a massive error go unnoticed in her office for six years. We simply can't trust her enough to send her to Washington, DC.