Report: Kansas income-tax cuts aren't working

Kansas income-tax cuts aren't working.


Two reports in the span of a week take issue with Brownback's tax policy
  • Two reports in the span of a week take issue with Brownback's tax policy
Perhaps Sam Brownback's most prominent feat during his Kansas governorship was pushing deep cuts to income taxes, which he said would result in a friendlier business climate that would promote growth.

But his own administration's fact-gathering seems to point to a different conclusion.

The Kansas Economic Progress Council, a nonprofit business coalition out of Wichita, says Kansas is lagging behind neighboring states in economic growth since the implementation of Brownback's income-tax cuts.

Actually, the KEPC itself isn't really saying all that, but instead points to a little-read report produced by the Kansas Commerce Department, a state agency whose director is appointed by Brownback, which shows relative stagnation in Kansas' economy.

The report in March by the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors says Kansas is behind national and regional growth in new businesses, population, gross domestic product, personal income and private employment over the last year.

The six-state region cited in the report includes Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The news comes on the heels of a blistering report out last week by Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That report said Kansas is a cautionary tale for other states that may think massive tax cuts are a road map for prosperity. It cited deep lulls in state revenues for schools, health care and other services, along with evidence that suggests the cuts assist only the wealthy and haven't promoted meaningful job growth.

Brownback is running for re-election this year. Lawrence House Democrat Paul Davis is challenging him.

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