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Conservative group gives Kansas mixed economic grades

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.

Kansas turned in a mediocre performance in the 2014 rankings of a conservative advocacy group, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

In the latest edition of Rich States, Poor States, the state ranked 32nd on the ALEC-Laffer Competitiveness Index – with one being the best – for actual economic performance. The rating was based on the state’s slowing growth in its gross domestic product, continued out-migration, and nearly flat numbers in employment.

ALEC forecasts that the Kansas economy will perform better in the future. The group ranked it 15th for economic outlook based on the state’s recent tax cuts and pro-business regulation. However, that is down from its 11th place outlook ranking last year.

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