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Brownback getting national media buzz

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Gov. Sam Brownback was the subject of two national pieces this week.

Yahoo News focused on his potential as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

"His quiet, yet ambitious, work in Kansas has proceeded without major controversies of the sort that have helped define Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who fought a pitched battle with public-sector unions, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was a magnet for viral controversies even before the recent allegations of misconduct surrounding the closure of George Washington Bridge lanes," wrote Chris Moody. Here is a link to that story.

And The Daily Caller dissected the pros and cons of Brownback's tax policy in this story.

This attention follows a Feb. 13 piece in the New York Times, headlined "Brownback Leads Kansas in Sharp Right Turn."

Meanwhile in Kansas, Brownback faces a tough re-election challenge against House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence. The race is neck-and-neck, according to a recentpoll.

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Cille King 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Of course the CATO Institute would give top ratings to Gov Brownback's fiscal policies. They will probably continue to think his policies are great as Kansas robs highway and all other funds (including education) to pay for the lack of revenue. Brownback bases his "no-income tax" policy on Texas.

"... middle-class families in Texas don’t get the advantage of having rich people share equally in the cost of providing government services. The top 1 percent in Texas have an effective tax rate of just 3.2 percent. That’s roughly two-fifths the rate that’s borne by the middle class, and just a quarter the rate paid by all those low-wage “takers” at the bottom 20 percent of the family income distribution. This Robin-Hood-in-reverse system gives Texas the fifth-most-regressive tax structure in the nation.

Middle- and lower-income Texans in effect make up for the taxes the rich don’t pay in Texas by making do with fewer government services, such as by accepting a K-12 public school system that ranks behind forty-one other states, including Alabama, in spending per student."

http://www.alternet.org/why-texas-economic-miracle-bunch-bull?akid=11562.210017.j4F3I4&rd=1&src=newsletter965373&t=2

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Michael LoBurgio 5 months, 2 weeks ago

More Evidence That You Can’t Lure Entrepreneurs With Tax Cuts

Cutting state taxes to attract entrepreneurs is likely futile at best and self-defeating at worst, a new survey of founders of some of the country’s fastest-growing companies suggests. The study, which is consistent with other research, should be required reading for state policymakers — especially those in Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wisconsin who are pushing for large income tax cuts.

The 150 executives surveyed by Endeavor Insight, a research firm that examines how entrepreneurs contribute to job creation and long-term economic growth, said a skilled workforce and high quality of life were the main reasons why they founded their companies where they did; taxes weren’t a significant factor. This suggests that states that cut taxes and then address the revenue loss by letting their schools, parks, roads, and public safety deteriorate will become less attractive to the kinds of people who found high-growth companies. (Hat tip to urbanologist Richard Florida for calling attention to the study.)

As I wrote last year on why studies show state income tax cuts aren’t an effective way to boost small-business job creation, “Nascent entrepreneurs are not particularly mobile. Rather, they tend to create their businesses where they are, where they are familiar with local market conditions and have ties to local sources of finance, key employees, and other essential business inputs.”

I also argued that state tax cuts could be counterproductive, impairing states’ ability to provide high-quality services that make a state a place where highly skilled people want to live.

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/more-evidence-that-you-cant-lure-entrepreneurs-with-tax-cuts/

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Michael LoBurgio 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Kansans' Check Your Voter Reg status to ensure they are not on Kobach’s suspended list http://www.jeanforkansas.com/checkregistration/ … …

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Leslie Swearingen 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this link, I checked and I am good to go.

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Michael LoBurgio 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback Reiterates Faulty Claim to Justify Radical Tax Cuts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said recently that his radical 2012 income tax cuts — among the largest that any state has ever enacted — generated over 15,000 small businesses in Kansas. He’s made this claim before, such as to the New York Times last month. It’s one of his top arguments that the tax cuts have worked.

But it’s misleading, at best.

First, while more than 15,000 new businesses were incorporated in Kansas in 2013, more than 16,000 other businesses were either dissolved by their owners or forfeited for failure to file an annual report and pay the annual fee. Even adding in the 4,500 businesses that owners reinstated that year (by filing annual reports after letting their status lapse), the net growth in registered businesses was about 3,600 — smaller than in 2012, the year before the tax cuts took effect.

More importantly, proponents of the tax cuts said their goal was to create real jobs. But, private sector job growth in Kansas since the tax cuts took effect ranks among the lowest of any state — 46th fastest as of the latest data.

Meanwhile, the tax cuts have led to a big drop in revenue for the state, deep cuts in services, and an overall weakening of the state’s economic prospects.

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/brownback-reiterates-faulty-claim-to-justify-radical-tax-cuts/

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

How Is Sam ALEC Brownback influenced?

John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

What is the GOP? John Birch Society - ALEC - Anti American - The Tea Party = it's all four. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/SourceWatch

Sam Brownback does not represent republicans of the USA. Isn't it time Sam ALEC Brownback comes clean by announcing what party he does represent? United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation. It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote bills which:

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

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James Howlette 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Read the comments on that Yahoo piece. I didn't see a single positive comment, and the comments from people claiming to be from Kansas were particularly telling.

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Bob Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The role of ALEC in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 has never been investigated.

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