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Even ALEC is souring on Kansas’ economic outlook

The latest “Rich States, Poor States” report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate lobbying network, downgraded Kansas’ economic outlook from 18th best last year to 27th. One of the authors of the report is Arthur Laffer, who was paid $75,000 to help craft and promote Kansas’ income tax policies. Two months ago Laffer co-wrote a commentary bragging about how great Kansas was doing (while ignoring all contrary information). Jonathan Williams, an ALEC vice president who also helped write the new report, and Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert wrote a commentary published this week also arguing that Kansas’ tax reform is working. They blamed the state’s budget problems on lawmakers’ refusal to control spending and the left’s fear of efficient government. – Phillip Brownlee