First, Brownback and his supporters tried to hide the report -- issued by his Council of Economic Advisors -- from the public..
But now the governor and other state officials have done something else: They have killed the report all together, as the Topeka Capital-Journal recently learned read more
Since his election -- and masochistic reelection -- by the people of Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback has turned the state into a Conservative Small Business No Taxes Freedom Utopia. As Meyers notes, he took an axe to the state's top-bracket rates and completely eliminated the small business income tax. It's tax law straight from the Book of Reagan, the trickle-down economic fantasy that has been repackaged time and again (as supply-side economics, a rising tide raises all boats, 2012's "job creators" rhetoric) to remain Republican gospel for decades. While Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times as president, we've been told ever since that if we would only cut taxes -- especially on the rich -- the way Reagan did, not only will the economy grow, so will tax revenues. Brownback, for his part, promised it would all happen fast -- as Meyers put it, like an "adrenaline shot" of uncut Reaganomics. read more
The greatest missing persons mystery in American history is not D.B. Cooper or Joseph Force Crater or even the Roanoke Island colony.
No, the greatest missing persons mystery in American history happened sometime between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 when somewhere between 15 and 30 million Republicans all quietly vanished without a trace.
▪ The state lost 5,600 jobs from June to July.
▪ The unemployment rate jumped to 4.1 percent from 3.8 percent in June.
▪ Over the last year, Kansas has actually shed 4,500 jobs.
▪ The Sunflower State's "growth" rate over that 12 months is a minus 0.3 percent -- 5th worst in the nation. Only Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana and Oklahoma were behind Kansas.
▪ Kansas had employment of 1,395,700 in July 2016 -- or a stunning 600 fewer jobs than when Brownback's second term started way back in January 2015.
▪ Finally, Kansas is nowhere close to adding the 2,000 jobs a month that Brownback had pledged during his re-election campaign in 2014. read more