Report: Kansas economic growth trails neighbors (today’s Merc)
Posted: 01 April 2014 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Kansas trails five neighboring states in 11 of 12 categories that measure the rate of recovery from the recession, according to a report released this week by a nonpartisan Wichita business group.

The Kansas Economic Progress Council’s report was intended to compare the state’s performance to the region and the nation to determine if Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies were having the desired effect.

Some of the highest priorities of Brownback and the Council of Economic Advisers that he created two years ago are among the key areas in which Kansas is lagging, the report said. Those areas include private business establishment, employment, population, gross domestic product, personal income and private industry wage level.

Kansas outperformed the region’s other states in only one category — the number of building permits issued — according to the report, which used data released last month by Brownback’s council, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The six-state region includes Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado.

‘This is a responsible report that confirms what’s really going on with the Kansas economy,’ said Bernie Koch, executive director of the Kansas Economic Progress Council. ‘It draws no conclusions, but simply presents the facts.’

Just the facts.  Draw your own conclusions.  Destroying our State’s education funding AND the State economy, simultaneously.  Brownback should not be rewarded for what he’s done with this State, with another term to double down.

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Posted: 02 April 2014 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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There was also a report, this week, that Kansas is losing population.  More people are leaving the state than are coming in.  It’s quite understandable why.  Brownbackistan has become the laughing stock of the U.S.  We have a governor and his chosen ones that are doing everything they can to turn Kansas into their own little theocracy.  Education funds are being stripped to give tax breaks to the Koch brothers.  Those billionaires will fund the Brownback campaign chest expoentially vs. those who choose to run against him.  The Tea Party crowd is running the hardest rightwingers they can find against any current GOP elected official that might be trying to add some sense of responsibility to the position of an elected official.  Locally, we are wanting to oust a professional Law Enforcement Director… because the gubmint is comin’ to take our guns and he ain’t gonna stop ‘em.  It’ll be a crazy November election cycle, this year.  Just afraid the Koch money will buy us another 4 years of Brownbackistan.

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Posted: 02 April 2014 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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They’re going to have to come up with some pretty damned good commercials to make people believe they haven’t seen what they’ve seen.  It’s time for republicans who actually DO love our state to say “enough”. One term was obviously too many.

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Posted: 02 April 2014 01:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The State is still disproportionately populated with a plethora of Tea Party “believers”.  I think you would find a significant number of the registered voters in Kansas agree with Brownie and his agenda.  Brownie has evangelized the cultists and has them convinced he is God’s gift to the State and anyone else will do the Devil’s work.  Brownie reads from the Book that suggests the D.C. gubmint is dead set on taking away our liberties and our freedom from religion and the State of Kansas is an island that will not accept any Federal beauracracy.  It’s “Evil Obama” against “Preacher Sam”.  And, there are thousands who are believers.

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Posted: 02 April 2014 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I know a lot of flatlanders who have said they won’t be voting for Brownback.  Whether they can bring themselves to vote for a Dem is another matter.  It’s going to be close.

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Posted: 02 April 2014 10:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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They voted for Sebelius, Finney and Carlin, probably even Docking if you go back far enough. We’ve had quite a few Democratic governors since Docking, so it’s possible. I’ve never understood how Brownback even got elected; he was a punchline about a decade ago, but I guess the TPers really did make the difference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Kansas#State_of_Kansas

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