Yael T. Abouhalkah

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Paging Gov. Sam Brownback’s sycophants: Kansas tax cuts still aren’t killing Missouri jobs in KC area

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts still aren’t driving jobs sky-high on the Kansas side of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts still aren’t driving jobs sky-high on the Kansas side of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area. File photo

Paging Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his tax-cut sycophants: Here’s some (more) disappointing news for all of you.

New federal figures on Wednesday show that jobs continue to grow more quickly on the Missouri side of the state line than on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Missouri portion of the region gained 2 percent in employment from September 2014 to September 2015.

Meanwhile, the Kansas portion gained .9 percent.

That’s a total growth of 11,200 jobs in Missouri to 4,000 in Kansas. The Missouri side of the state line has 55 percent of the total employment market.

This new report continues a recent trend in year-over-year superiority for the Missouri side of the metro.

In August, for instance, the 12-month gains showed the Missouri side adding 1.3 percent in employment while Kansas added 1.2 percent.

And the Missouri side has performed strongly throughout 2015, in each month adding more jobs over a 12-month rolling average than Kansas has.

This is not supposed to be happening, at least according to Brownback and his followers.

He has stated that the income tax cuts he put in place in 2013 would generate more jobs especially in the Kansas City area, because it’s supposedly so easy just to hop the state line to reap tax benefits.

Yet, month after month, that’s not happening.

In fact, the recent figures show that the job market on the Missouri side of the metro area has firmed up — which is exactly opposite of what should be happening if the tax cuts actually were working.

Which, to repeat, they are not.

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