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Problem with state tax cuts isn’t just messaging

Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts have led to large state budget shortfalls and credit downgrades. So what does he wish he would have done differently? “I probably would have chosen words better at different times, because you go through a campaign where you’ve got to eat the words you inartfully said,” Brownback told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Two particular comments that caused Brownback grief during the campaign were his prediction that the tax cuts would act “like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy” and his reference to the tax plan as an “experiment.” – Phillip Brownlee