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Old 06-08-2017, 01:01 AM
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It's fascinating the lengths that people will go to, to try to discredit conservative viewpoints. Everybody is blaming Kansas' low tax rates for the state's problems. I can assure you that that's not the reason.

From the article in the OP:
The legislation undoes the essential components of Brownback's reforms. The governor had reduced the number of brackets for the state's marginal rates on income from three to two. The legislature will restore the third bracket, increasing taxes on the state's wealthiest residents from 4.6 percent to 5.2 percent this year and 5.7 percent next year.

Marginal rates on less affluent Kansan households will increase as well, from 4.6 percent to 5.25 percent by next year for married taxpayers making between $30,000 and $60,000 a year and from 2.7 percent to 3.1 percent for those earning less than that.
Compare that to Colorado. In 1998, our state tax was a flat rate 5%. It's gradually been cut over the years, and is now 4.63%. Furthermore, we have TABOR, which means (among other things) that if state revenue goes over a certain amount, the state must either simply refund the excess, or else ask permission to keep it. (As a matter of fact, the main reason that the tax rate has been cut was to reduce the number of years in which the state would collect more money than it was allowed to keep.)

And yet -- according to the BLS, Colorado currently has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

So whatever the reason for Kansas' troubles, it isn't the tax rate.