Brownback 'tax experiment' nets 5,400 lost jobs in 2015
A labor market report released by the Kansas Department of Labor in March indicates Kansas lost 1,900 jobs from January to February of this year and the state has lost 5,400 jobs in the last year (Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016). As the economies in other states continue to grow, this is troubling news for the state of Kansas and evidence that Gov. Brownback's tax and budget policies aren't working - in fact, those policies are hurting the economy.
According to the report, Kansas saw a 1.9% improvement in personal income in 2015, 44th in the nation, compared to a national growth rate of 4.00%. Kansas saw a 0.4% drop in in jobs between February 2015 and February 2016. Only four states fared worse during the same period, which saw the nation grow jobs by a rate of 1.8%.
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