During his re-election campaign, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last August pledged to add 100,000 new private-sector jobs in his second term. That’s an average of 2,000 jobs a month.
Here’s your update: The governor and his team are not even coming close to keeping that promise.
Kansans took the plunge on a new term for Brownback last November; it began in January.
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In the seven months since then, the state has added a total of ... drum roll ... 1,800 private sector jobs, according to the August employment report from the state and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s around 260 jobs a month, far below the 2,000 per month goal.
That’s a puny growth rate of less than .2 percent so far this year.
That does not stack up well with the U.S. average. Private sector jobs in the nation have grown at a rate of 1.2 percent this year, six times faster than in Kansas.
And yes, that’s even though Brownback’s beloved income tax breaks have been in effect since January 2013. They supposedly were going to attract more businesses and employment to the Sunflower State.
Instead, the excessive tax cuts have bled the state treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars — and the hoped-for private-sector jobs have not come anywhere close to fulfilling that loss of funds.
It’s also noteworthy that, in the 12 months after Brownback made his announcement on the campaign trail, Kansas gained a mere 4,400 total private-sector jobs from Aug. 2014 to this August.
That’s an average of about 370 a month. Again, that’s far short of the governor’s promise.
As I wrote last week, the news is even worse when you add in the fact that government-related jobs have fallen in recent months. Overall, the state has gained only 1,000 total jobs in that time.
Ouch. Enough bad news for now.