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.