News of Brownback’s tax cuts are, although not surprising, quite disturbing. The cuts have been flaunted as a means of job creation; meanwhile, 40 KDOT employees have been recently laid off and 9 SRS offices have been closed as a result of cutbacks. Clearly, Kansans are losing jobs, not to mention services, and the cuts will necessitate even deeper cutbacks in the future, with Kansas facing a $2.5 billion shortfall by 2018.
Nearly a fifth of those in Crawford county are living in poverty, and they will be those hit the hardest by cutbacks. But increased tax revenue would not just benefit the least of these; when Clinton raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2%, our nation saw the greatest number of consecutive months of economic growth in our history (average of 4% per year), the creation of 22.5 million jobs, and unemployment dropped to 4%. Brownback’s tax plan has had the opposite result. The question then is: whose interests are being served in Topeka?
Undoubtedly, someone has something to gain from these policies. David and Charles Koch (with their fortune of $50 billion), as well as their super-PAC, Americans for Prosperity, have contributed thousands of dollars in support of our governor and finance the campaigns of candidates like Jake LaTurner because these Kansas billionaires know that their investments will be returned tenfold. We don’t need representatives who repay their contributors through income tax cuts at the expense of their constituency.