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