Recently, we told you about some recent opinion pieces in Kansas newspapers taking Gov. Sam Brownback to task for his misguided policies. But it isn't only Kansas opinion writers that are noticing how Gov. Sam Brownback is harming Kansas schools, the Kansas economy, and Kansas families. The national press has taken notice, too, and are writing about Brownback's lack of common sense and misplaced priorities for Kansas. Here’re some recent columns.
Charlatans, Cranks, and Kansas
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times, June 29
“... Kansas isn’t booming — in fact, its economy is lagging both neighboring states and America as a whole. Meanwhile, the state’s budget has plunged deep into deficit, provoking a Moody’s downgrade of its debt. ... The Brownback tax cuts didn’t emerge out of thin air. They closely followed a blueprint laid out by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which has also supported a series of economic studies purporting to show that tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy will promote rapid economic growth. The studies are embarrassingly bad ...”
Tax cuts in Kansas have cost the state money — and job creation's been terrible
By Christopher Ingraham
The Washington Post, June 27
“Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal last month to tout the success of his economic program. ... The only problem? ... Job growth hasn't exactly materialized. In fact ... job growth in Kansas has actually lagged behind the U.S. average, especially in the years following the first round of Brownback tax cuts in 2012.”
Sam Brownback's Tax-Cut Push Puts Kansas Out on Its Own
By Mark Peters and Damien Paletta
The Wall Street Journal, June 10
“Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback laid out an aggressive program of tax cuts to turn this slow-growing state into a Texas-like economic powerhouse—and serve as a model for Republican leaders in other states. So far, the results are serving as more of a warning than a beacon. Employment growth is below the national average, while Kansas faces plunging revenue, dwindling reserves and a rare debt downgrade.”
BROWNBACK'S MISPLACED PRIORITIES AND LACK OF COMMONSENSE AREN'T GETTING THE JOB DONE.