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Business growth not quite as impressive as tweeted

Gov. Sam Brownback boasted in a tweet Monday that Kansas had a record 17,298 new business filings last year. “That’s the 5th record-setting year in a row!” he said. What he didn’t mention is that more than 15,600 Kansas businesses dissolved, withdrew or forfeited their right to remain active in Kansas last year. A different measurement reported last November by the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors tracked businesses and workers covered by unemployment insurance laws. It showed that total private establishments in Kansas were up 1,866, or 2.3 percent, from the same period in 2014. That trailed the regional average (3 percent) and national average (2.6 percent). Also of note: Kansas still had fewer small private establishments (one to nine employees) than it did in 2010. – Phillip Brownlee