Yael T. Abouhalkah

Kansas jobs plummet in latest disaster for Sam Brownback’s tax-cut strategy

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been — and waiting — for his 2012 tax cuts to spur a sustained growth in new jobs.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been — and waiting — for his 2012 tax cuts to spur a sustained growth in new jobs. The Associated Press

This has been a bad week for Gov. Sam Brownback and others who believe his massive income tax cuts are going to dramatically boost employment in the state.

▪ A new report Friday showed that Kansas had lost a whopping 4,300 jobs in July from a month earlier.

The unemployment rate climbed for the fourth straight month, up to 4.6 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And look at this disastrous note: The Sunflower State now has 1,700 fewer jobs than it did at the start of 2015.

One more fact from the latest report shows that Kansas has added a puny 5,600 total jobs in the last year — from July 2014 to July 2015.

The new information shows that the tax cuts that have drained the Kansas treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars the past two years are not working to attract employers and jobs.

Meanwhile, Missouri celebrated much better news in the latest BLS report.

The Show-Me State gained 11,900 jobs in July, and now has added 30,900 for 2015.

Yes, that’s without the huge tax cuts that Brownback and Co. put in place.

▪ Earlier this week, a separate report showed Kansas is missing out on the growth in manufacturing employment, which is happening across much of the rest of America.

One key statistic: Kansas lost 39,000 manufacturing jobs during the recession but has added just 4,000 since it ended.

So what left-wing, lib group put that news out?

Actually, it came from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, established in 2011 by Brownback “to track the health of the state’s economy and advise him on economic policy.”

The state lost 39,000 manufacturing jobs during the recession and has gained back only about 4,000.

Overall, Kansas has had one of the worst rates of employment growth in the nation in the last year, even as the tax cuts continue to cut into funding available for schools, roads and other basic services in the state.

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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