Even After Gov. Sam Brownback’s Tax Cuts, Jobs Aren’t Fleeing Missouri to Kansas in the KC Area
When he visited Johnson County in August 2012, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback boldly claimed his aggressive tax-cut law would bring wonderful economic dividends to that part of the Kansas City area.
“That’s a shot of adrenaline to the heart of this economy,” Brownback said at a forum of small business leaders at Johnson County Community College, pointing out that their profits would be exempt from state income taxes starting Jan. 1, 2013.
Since that day, this area on both sides of the state line has become a battleground where the governor’s politically driven theories are being tested in the real world.
Perhaps the single biggest speculation by Brownback’s supporters was that small businesses in Kansas City would hop the state line into Johnson and Wyandotte counties. This would be the final nudge needed, it was said, to escape paying the city’s 1 percent earnings tax, too.