Less than five years into its “march to zero,” Kansas has retreated from Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, and policy analysts say the nation would be wise to learn from the state’s battle scars.
Kansas lawmakers overrode Brownback’s veto Tuesday night, effectively ending the tax cuts the governor had promised would be a “shot of adrenaline” to the Kansas economy. It stands as Brownback’s biggest defeat during his tenure as governor.
The bipartisan rejection of the policy, only four and half years after the tax cuts took effect, will likely be used as a hammer against President Donald Trump as he pushes for similar tax cuts at the national level. Brownback will meet with Trump Thursday as part of a White House summit on infrastructure projects.
National Democrats and left-leaning groups seized on the reversal of Brownback’s trademark achievement as evidence that those policies would fail at the national level.
Read more: Kansas City Star