Governor Brownback has some perspective on the issue of the Fiscal Cliff, having served in both the U.S. House and Senate.
He says going over the cliff could have a significant impact on Kansas. One example would be cuts to defense spending, which could affect military facilities in the state. But right now, he’s optimistic.
"The idea that we'd actually go over the fiscal cliff does not seem to me like one that's likely to happen," says Brownback.
He also says what lawmakers may do is delay at least some of the tax increases and spending cuts.
If Congress fails to come up with a package of budget cuts and tax hikes to avoid the automatic cuts scheduled for the first of January, thousands of senior citizens in Kansas may not get a daily, hot lunch.