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From ‘shot of adrenaline’ to ‘starting to sprout’

When the largest tax cut in state history became law three years ago, its promoters predicted it would “be like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy” and lead to “enormous prosperity.” Some have continued to tout the tax cuts’ economic value, even though the governor and other conservatives now advocate new tax hikes to fill a budget hole and data shows Kansas lagging its neighbors and the nation on many fronts. Tax cut defender Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, recently said: “We have not gone backwards in an economy that is incredibly challenging, and that has to count for something. We might have some seeds starting to sprout here.” Not going backwards? Starting to sprout? Is that the new measure of success? – Rhonda Holman