Gov. Sam Brownback once pledged that his 2012 tax cuts would lead to a surge of employment on the Kansas side of the state line in the Kansas City area.
The newest jobs report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that’s not happening. By a long shot.
The data, in fact, are extremely discouraging for Brownback and the few remaining people who thought his tax cuts would act like a jobs magnet for the Sunflower State.
The bottom line: Missouri gained employment almost five times faster than Kansas in the metro region over the full year from February 2015 to February 2016.
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And because the Missouri portion of employment is slightly larger than the Kansas side to start with, the actual number of jobs added was more than six times higher in the Show-Me State.
▪ The Missouri portion of the area added 13,900 jobs over that 12-month period, up 2.4 percent.
▪ The Kansas side crept up 2,200 jobs, for a puny gain of 0.5 percent.
Remember, this is not just a one-month trend; this new report measures what has happened over a full year.
And it’s not an aberration.
The BLS information shows that the Missouri side of the Kansas City area has been the clear leader in terms of job growth for many months.
The last time the Kansas side was stronger than its counterpart was in late 2014.
Here’s one more tidbit from the BLS report, which damages Brownback’s claim that small businesses would especially flock over to Kansas for the tax reductions they could receive.
“Professional and business services experienced the largest increase in employment, up 4,500 since February 2015, with all of the job gains on the Missouri side....”