A new Kansas labor market report released today is unlikely to provide Gov. Sam Brownback with any relief from a barrage of negative reviews in the national press about his tax cuts and economic policy. The June report shows private-sector employment has grown only about 1.3 percent over the last year, and about 2 percent since his first round of tax cuts took effect in January 2013. With the exception of Nebraska, all other surrounding states have enjoyed more robust job growth than Kansas over that same period. On the campaign trail, Brownback has touted the fact that total employment is now at an all-time high for Kansas. But in the context of the broader national and regional economies, many pundits have pointed out, that is subpar performance.
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