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Sun still shining in Kansas, according to lawmakers

A Kansas City Star editorial noted the disconnect between reality and what some incumbent state lawmakers are telling their constituents. For example, several lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Petersen, R-Wichita, have cited how the state has brought in $143 million more in revenue so far this fiscal year as evidence of economic improvement. But they don’t mention that the main reason for the increase is that the Legislature passed a record tax increase last year. Rep. Blake Carpenter, R-Derby, bragged that “more than 80,000 new private sector jobs have been created since the enactment of economic reforms.” But a fact check by the Star found that the correct total is 33,500, and that private sector job growth has been almost stagnant the past two years. – Phillip Brownlee