New figures released Thursday show Kansas ranked second worst of the nation’s 50 states in real personal income growth in 2014.
Yes, that’s next to last.
Overall, with inflation taken into account, annual income was up a meager $111 per Kansan from 2013 to 2014, the latest figures available.
That was far below the average increase of $897 a person around the entire United States.
All of this is brutal news and another dose of reality for Gov. Sam Brownback and his team, who have contended for years that the 2012 income tax cuts he and the Legislature approved would produce more wealth for Kansans.
But the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the real per capita personal income growth for Kansas from 2013 to 2014 — with inflation taken into account — was a puny 0.2 percent.
That was higher only than the minus 0.5 percent in South Dakota.
Meanwhile, the national average of growth in personal income was 2.2 percent for 2014. (Missouri achieved a growth rate of 2.1 percent, just under the U.S. average.)
Kansans have become used to seeing themselves near the bottom of lists released by national agencies in recent months.
For instance, the Sunflower State has been among the weakest 10 states in the country for almost an entire year when it comes to job growth, finishing at sixth worst for the month of May.
The latest BEA data confirm that Kansas is in a world of hurt under the economic policies of Gov. Brownback.