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Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress: In a time of slack economic growth and high unemployment around the country, Kansas lawmakers thought they had the solution: massive tax cuts for the wealthy would lure economic activity and jump-start the state's economy. But after Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed $1.1 billion worth of tax cuts into law over the past two years, the state is behind the national average for economic growth. "A new forecast from Kansas's budget officials projects that "personal income in Kansas will grow more slowly than U.S. personal income in 2014 and 2015," the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) writes.

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The projections come from Brownback's own Division of the Budget, which expects personal income growth of 3.8 percent this year and 4.2 percent next year. The state's overall economic growth is now projected to fall behind the nation's after two decades of keeping pace, the think tank adds.

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Supply-side fantasies enacted into law yet again with entirely predictable results.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-05-16 11:01 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Sam Brownback, personal net worth: $10 million (www.celebritynetworth.com). Mary Stauffer Brownback (wife), heir to Midwest media fortune proceeds (outfit sold in 1995 for $272 million).

Translation: I got mine, f-you.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-05-16 11:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

It will be interesting to see how Brownback's plan works out. So far, it doesn't look good.

I'm not a fan of Brownback really for a number of reasons.

Theoretically, it's okay for the State to shift some expenses to the counties, cites, etc and lower state income taxes. If my property taxes go up by the same amount my State income tax goes down, it's a wash.....so what's the point? other than for Brownback to claim he "cut the size of the govt in Kansas".

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2014-05-16 11:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

More proof the rwing austerity cures are more like diseases.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-16 11:27 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 6

The state Supreme Court has ordered lawmakers to restore funding to poor school districts, saying that the spending levels they enacted were so low as to be unconstitutional. But given the state's revenue problems, the way that the legislature is going about correcting the underfunding problem simply takes money away from other schools that need it.

Edukayshun is overaytud.

- Kansas

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-16 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Your title is not the article title.

#6 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-16 01:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah.. it's not so much the tax cuts but the spending that continues.

news.investors.com

#7 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-16 01:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

I see Sames. You think they need to cut spending now.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-16 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Your title is not the article title.

Shocking. I never heard of anyone doing that hear before.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2014-05-16 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here Dammit! Its been a long week.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2014-05-16 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Shocking. I never heard of anyone doing that hear before."

And get away with it.

#11 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-16 06:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

The link is from "ThinkProgress".
It must be objective.

#12 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-17 02:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Although not knowing the state politics of Kansas, significantly reducing taxes in a short period of time is reckless, and technically not conservative.

A true conservative would slowly reduce taxes (particularly for the middle class, as poor don't pay much in taxes, but yet receive the greatest amount of government services). Even better, reduce the complexity of tax code; if both are truly burdensome. A true conservative understands that every change in law has unintended consequences, the larger the change the larger unintended consequences.

If anything needs to be slashed it is the federal governments power and spending. IMO, I should pay the majority of my taxes to the state I live in, for within the state I have the ability to affect change. I can do nothing to change the cesspool of Washington D.C.

I swear the GOP is just an uncover operative of the socialist movement, by being so reckless and irresponsible they inevitable push the people towards socialism, which will lead to communism and the end of individual liberty.

#13 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-17 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's no different than keeping your current standard of living, and then going and telling your boss that you'll take a salary cut. If you're going to work for less money, you'd better adjust your expenses FIRST.

When are republicans going to realize that tax cuts rarely do anything but cause more deficits and debt.

#14 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-05-17 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Although not knowing the state politics of Kansas, significantly reducing taxes in a short period of time is reckless, and technically not conservative.

#13 | POSTED BY DANV

True Conservative...I'm not sure you understand what this term means.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2014-05-17 01:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

The quality of life in any red state like Kansas is better than any blue state hell hole, CA,NY,IL,NJ...

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-17 01:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The quality of life in any red state like Kansas is better than any blue state hell hole, CA,NY,IL,NJ..."

You're right. Cali sucks. Please don't move here.

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-17 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

True Conservative...I'm not sure you understand what this term means.
#15 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2014-05-17 01:53 PM | FLAG:

Thanks for clearing that up.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-05-17 02:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

The quality of life in any red state like Kansas is better than any blue state hell hole, CA,NY,IL,NJ...

#16 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

I'll venture a guess that you've never been to Mississippi.

Though, I guess it also depends on what you mean by "quality of life".

#19 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-05-17 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

The left has factions that earn them a reputation as having a problem with religion (specifically Christianity), "flyover" states, people in agriculture, white people, males, gun owners, traditional marriage advocates, and illegal immigration opponents.

Is it any wonder many in Kansas end up being easy pickings for Televangelists, secessionists, big agro business, racists, chauvinists, fear mongers, hate mongers, and wack jobs?

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-17 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

What's the matter with Kansas?

Too much inbreeding.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-17 05:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

When are republicans going to realize that tax cuts rarely do anything but cause more deficits and debt.

You assume that isn't their objective.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-17 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

"Starve the beast"

#23 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2014-05-17 11:20 PM | Reply | Flag:


You're right. Cali sucks. Please don't move here.

#17 | Posted by nullifidian

Good. I wont. And don't look to anywhere else for national taxes to fund your utopia, mmmkay?

#24 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-18 01:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good. I wont. And don't look to anywhere else for national taxes to fund your utopia, mmmkay?

#24 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2014-05-18 01:38 PM | FLAG:

Boaz, you got your foot in your mouth again. Must be your fetish.

California's taxes are used to subsidize many of the states you believe to be governed by better standards.

In the end there's only 3 states in the union that pull their own weight and the rest of the country with them. They are California, Texas, and New York.

And each one has a different approach.

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-18 03:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

And don't look to anywhere else for national taxes to fund your utopia, mmmkay?

I thought it was common knowledge that red states are the biggest mooches on federal dollars vs revenue.

In other words, your state of NC is probably more of a mooch than CA.

#26 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-18 03:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

" And don't look to anywhere else for national taxes to fund your utopia, mmmkay?"

We subsidize red states. Fact. We would be better off seceding.

#27 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-18 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I thought it was common knowledge that red states are the biggest mooches on federal dollars vs revenue.

Yes.

But you forget the amnesiac ignorance of the right.

Facts be damned and all that.

#28 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-18 03:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

We already know what's wrong: trickle-down economic theory was proven to be a failure already and the failure is being repeated now in Kansas. At what point can we stop calling it a "theory" and start calling it a "failure"?

#29 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-05-18 06:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

The only two Red states leading the charge economically are Texas and North Dakota. Both are two almost completely due to oil. No oil, far more taxes and less wealth.

And yet a bunch of Blue states, despite paying higher taxes and support Red states, are beating the rest of the low tax Red States.

If low taxes were the answer, Mississippi would be the national leader.

#30 | Posted by Sycophant at 2014-05-18 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

"In the end there's only 3 states in the union that pull their own weight and the rest of the country with them. They are California, Texas, and New York."

Where are you getting that from? There are more than three states that pay more than they get back from the Federal govt. I'm living in a state that gets back sixty one cents on the dollar and isn't on your list.

#31 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-19 11:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

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