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‘Lost decade’ claim only partially true


To justify their tax policies, Gov. Sam Brownback and others in his administration have pointed to a “lost decade,” noting that there were fewer private-sector jobs in Kansas in 2010 than in 2000. But fact-checkers at the Topeka Capital-Journal found the employment claim only “partially true,” as it implies that job levels were flat or declining throughout the decade, which wasn’t the case. Private-sector employment grew in five years of the decade. Also, the timing of the measurement can be misleading, as it compares total jobs before the 2001 terrorist attacks with the total just after the global financial crisis and Great Recession. – Phillip Brownlee