New jobs reports shows Brownback’s tax-cut promises still failing

08/18/2014 10:41 AM

08/18/2014 2:39 PM

The new U.S. jobs reports for July released on Monday reveal that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts are not producing lots of new employment in Kansas.

But Missouri — which didn’t cut taxes — is another and more positive story.

Take a look at the numbers, as put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Kansas gained 2,100 total nonfarm jobs from June to July. Overall, the state has added 6,900 jobs in 2014, for a gain of only .5 percent.

Now look at Missouri.

It added 13,200 total nonfarm jobs in the same one-month period. Overall, Missouri has gained 32,400 jobs in 2014, up 1.2 percent.

In other words, Missouri has more than doubled the job growth of Kansas in the current year, even without having the tax breaks that are crippling revenues in the Jayhawk state.

One more interesting note:

For all the talk about how the Kansas tax cuts would produce a boomlet of jobs in Johnson County, it’s not happening.

For the year, growth in the Johnson and Wyandotte county areas has been an addition of 4,400 jobs, or a gain of 1 percent.

Meanwhile, across the state line on the Missouri side of the metro area, job growth has been 5,500 — or the same gain of 1 percent.

And again, the addition of employment in Missouri has been without the costly tax cuts that Brownback helped push through in Kansas.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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