Opinion Columns & Blogs

Kansas side of Kansas City is lagging, too

Though Kansas has been lagging the nation and most of its neighboring states in job growth, Gov. Sam Brownback has regularly pointed to Kansas City as an example of how his tax policies are succeeding, arguing that the Kansas side is outperforming the Missouri side. That appears not to be the case. The Missouri side of the Kansas City area grew workers four times faster over the past year than the Kansas side of the region, reported Yael Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star. The Kansas side’s job growth rate between November 2013 and November 2014 was 0.4 percent, while the Missouri side’s growth rate was 1.5 percent. – Phillip Brownlee