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Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

I'm too libertarian to ever work for Brownback. I didn't think I'd agree with him on much he'd do. Turns out, though, he's making some changes I think will have positive effects on our economy. He just needs to make sure he paces it so the budget balances as he's implementing them, tweaking the "roadmap" as needed.

November 26, 2014 at 8:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

So one big factor in the domestic migration balance is that Kansas has a high birth rate (6th in the nation). If we had a lower birth rate, and the same job growth, there would likely be less net domestic migration out of the state.

Luckily, Brownback is making changes that are improving our job growth relative to other states. As Dave Trabert pointed out elsewhere in the comments on this article, Kansas' job growth used to be (from 1998 to 2012) only 63% of its income-taxing peers; since then, it has grown to 92% of its income-taxing peers. Hopefully, with time and further tax cuts, we will start ranking up there with the no-income-taxing states.

November 26, 2014 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

No, I'm saying a few anecdotes aren't all the data.

November 24, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

Well, good luck! And thanks for being responsible for those kids!

November 24, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

I'm staying. What about you?

November 24, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

Hmmm. This contradicts the figures shown in the tables on this website, "Population Growth, Kansas and the U.S., 1860-2013, Selected Years":
http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/po...

You can download the data into Excel. These figures show that the population Kansas population was as follows, in year order starting in 1980, ending in 2013:
2,364,236
2,384,813
2,401,220
2,415,565
2,424,119
2,427,428
2,432,638
2,445,422
2,462,057
2,472,864
2,477,588
2,498,722
2,532,394
2,556,547
2,580,513
2,601,007
2,614,554
2,635,292
2,660,598
2,678,338
2,688,824
2,702,162
2,713,535
2,723,004
2,734,373
2,745,299
2,762,931
2,783,785
2,808,076
2,832,704
2,853,118
2,869,548
2,885,398
2,893,957

Does the reference you cite refer to any actual data?

November 24, 2014 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

We haven't had a 10,000 person population loss. We haven't had any population loss over any given year in decades.

November 24, 2014 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

Boeing's business is very largely tied to federal government rules and contracts. The circumstances triggering its closures happened before the tax cuts.

Southwire was into wire and cable. Like the horse whip and buggy carriage businesses, wire and cable is being replaced.

Amazon? Tax cuts don't seem to have had anything to do with it. It likely would have happened even if we'd raised taxes: http://seattletimes.com/html/business...

In a healthy economy, businesses will always be moving, expanding, growing, closing, and being replaced. This is what enables progress. Tax policies in a state can be set to enable businesses with promising growth to grow, enable new businesses to replace old defunct businesses, and attract some new businesses looking for a place to start up.

November 24, 2014 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

This is not news that Kansas lags the U.S. in jobs growth; Kansas has mostly lagged the nation in job growth for years.

The real news is that for the month of October, CES payroll survey numbers suggest Kansas was fourth in the nation in terms of % job growth, behind only Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. When's the last time this happened? Also, Kansas is 10th in the nation in terms of lowest unemployment rate. It's okay to be cautiously positive about these numbers. They don't necessarily suggest a sustainable upturn, but they are positive news.

The Brownback tax cuts have not even been in effect for 2 full years. They should be given time to work. Brownback was wrong to claim the effects would be quick. It takes time for companies to decide to invest in a move or expansion, time for the plans to be implemented, time for the returns on investment to come. Businesses also have to gain confidence that Kansas won't reverse the tax cuts after they invest.

November 24, 2014 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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We should quit chasing after "easy" federal dollars and concentrate on building an environment in which free enterprise can flourish. These things never work out well in the long run.

We should run while we can. If we ever build this thing it will cost us forever. It's a Trojan horse.

April 27, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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