Prairie Politics

Brownback’s office swings and misses on Alex Gordon’s tax savings

A screenshot of the tweet sent out by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office Wednesday night.
A screenshot of the tweet sent out by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office Wednesday night. Courtesy of Twitter

Gov. Sam Brownback’s office took to Twitter on Wednesday night to tout the tax savings Kansas City Royals star Alex Gordon would enjoy by re-signing with team for a four-year contract.

Gordon’s deal with the World Series-winning team will earn him $72 million over four years, an average of $18 million a year.

“Congrats, Alex Gordon! With your new contract, you'll save about $1.8M/year in taxes just by living in KS instead of CA,” Brownback’s Twitter account, which is run by his staff, posted Wednesday evening in celebration.

However, many Twitter users quickly pointed out that the Royals play in Missouri and Gordon resides in Nebraska – meaning that Kansas income tax policy probably has a minimal impact on the outfielder, who neither works, nor resides in Kansas.

Gordon owns property in both Kansas and Nebraska, but Royals spokesman Mike Swanson confirmed that he claims residency in Nebraska. Swanson said he was unsure of what Gordon’s tax responsibilities are in the state of Kansas.

Swanson also said that Major League players have to pay tax in every state where they play during the season, which means that Gordon would have to pay California income tax when the team played road games in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.

Eileen Hawley, the governor’s spokeswoman, said that the governor’s office did not check where Gordon files taxes before making the post, but was trying to use his contract signing as a fun way to promote the state’s income tax policy.

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3