SMACKDOWN!!! CONSERVATIVES TOUT BETTER SUNFLOWER STATE EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS OVER KANSAS CITY, MO THANKS TO GOV. BROWNBACK TAX BREAKS!!!
Check this sign that the Border War isn't even close to a truce given the politics of tax breaks and subsidy that consume upcoming election time.
To wit . . .
CONSERVATIVES TRUMPET KANSAS JOB GROWTH OVER RIVER CITY THANKS TO GOV. SAM BROWNBACK BORDER WAR TAX BREAKS!!!
The argument isn't about economic theory but straight up job numbers that offer a cruel fact check to KCMO's constant tin-cup urbanism that touts shiny new attractions to boost the local economy.
Tax Cuts of Kansas Already Improving the State’s Economy
"Such reinvestment is beginning to show up in the statistics. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in May Kansas touted an unemployment rate of just 4.8 percent, compared to 5.1 percent in Texas, 5.8 percent in Colorado, and 6.8 percent in Arizona. It’s also way below the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.
"Of special interest, however, is the unemployment rate of next-door-neighbor Missouri which shares not only a border with Kansas but also more than half of Kansas City. Missouri, which didn’t cut income taxes (they remain at six percent on taxable incomes above $9,000) suffers from an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, and climbing.
A close look at what is happening in the Kansas City metro area is revealing: From May 2011 through May 2012 ... Almost three-fourths of job growth took place in Kansas City, Kansas. What’s even more impressive, however, is that Kansas City, Kansas has one-fourth the population of Kansas City, Missouri: 145,000 compared to 476,000. As Will Upton modestly concluded in his blog at Americans for Tax Reform, “It is arguable that the 2012 spike [in employment on the Kansas side of town] was caused by businesses anticipating a better tax climate in Kansas after the 2012 tax cuts.”"
And so, here's what we've learned . . .
The border war is still on: Missouri is losing.
Conservatives are doubling down on Kansas tax cuts and don't care about the hit public education is taking.
And like it or not, the CONTINUED TAX & SPEND ECONOMIC FAIL OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI remains a talking point among conservatives who believe they can do better.
Developing . . .