Governing
Nov. 15, 2017

By the beginning of 2017, most politicians in Kansas recognized that the state’s “real live experiment” with tax reduction had failed. Following passage in 2012 of a large tax cut and economic restructuring package, state revenue shortfalls had become a constant, while the promised increases in jobs and businesses never materialized.

… Denning and Ward disagreed about a number of other issues, such as the number of individual tax brackets and whether to make any tax increases retroactive. But they were eventually able to find agreement, bringing enough of their caucuses with them to override another Brownback veto in June. “The main MVP ended up being bipartisanship,” says Heidi Holliday, executive director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth.

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ClayPublic officials of the year: Jim Denning and Jim Ward