Sorry, Gov. Sam Brownback, but Kansas is still badly trailing Missouri when it comes to creating jobs in the Kansas City area.
That’s what the new numbers show. Alas for Brownback, that is completely at odds with the contention that his 2012 income tax cuts would woo businesses over the state line to Kansas.
It’s not happening.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released figures covering the March 2015 to March 2016 period. The results:
▪ The Missouri portion of the metropolitan area added 11,900 jobs, for a growth rate of 2.1 percent.
▪ The Kansas side gained only 1,700 jobs, for 0.4 percent growth.
The Missouri part of the region got a strong boost in professional and business services, up 3,500 jobs.
Kansas added a puny 300 in that sector, even though Brownback and his allies had targeted it as a major recipient of the 2012 income tax cuts.
The March numbers were mostly unchanged from the prior month’s data, which measured February 2015 to February 2016. At that point, the Missouri-side employment was up 2.4 percent and Kansas-side up 0.5 percent.
Overall, the March numbers illustrate that the Missouri side of the state line continues to do well in gaining employment, while Kansas state government struggles to deal with the massive budget problems created by the unfair tax cuts.
On Thursday, Sunflower State lawmakers debated whether to rescind at least part of those tax breaks — the ones on businesses and farmers — to help raise more than $200 million to balance future budgets.
Unfortunately, Brownback has said he does not favor any such move.
As a result, the state will continue to slash public services even though many Kansans, including some leading Republicans, now realize the tremendous damage they are doing to the state’s future.