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More bad news on state tax revenue, jobs

State lawmakers still expecting income tax cuts to deliver a “shot of adrenaline” received more bad economic news. Tax collections in May missed revenue projections by $5.8 million. Meanwhile, total nonfarm jobs in April fell by 2,300, and total private-sector jobs dropped by 2,900. For the first four months of the year, Kansas lost 300 total nonfarm jobs. That ranks Kansas 45th in the nation for job growth so far this year. During the past 12 months, private-sector jobs grew by only 1 percent, half the national rate. – Phillip Brownlee