Gov. Sam Brownback likes to promote his 2013 income tax cuts as a good way to lure jobs from Missouri over to Kansas in the Kansas City area.
This reckless theory has a big problem: It’s not working in real life.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released figures showing that the rate of job growth over the last 12 months has been three times faster on the Missouri side of the state line than on the Kansas side.
The Missouri portion of areawide employment gained 1.7 percent (or 9,500 jobs) from November 2014 to November 2015.
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The Kansas portion was up only .6 percent (or 2,800 jobs in a slightly smaller workforce).
And all of this has occurred after the tax cuts have been in effect for almost three years, giving them plenty of time to kick in and allegedly prompt employers to leave for the Sunflower State.
This is the latest in a string of bad news for Kansans suffering from grave fiscal miscalculations by Brownback.
In just the last year the Legislature has boosted the state sales tax, dramatically altered funding for education, and diverted taxes intended for highway repairs — all to balance a shaky state budget.
And as I wrote earlier this week, Kansas has been in the bottom 10 of job-producing states in all of America through much of 2015.