Missouri vs. Kansas: A NEW Rivalry
Border Wars Part 1
Kansas City – Animosity between Missouri and Kansas dates back to the 1850s and is alive and well when the Tigers compete against the Jayhawks. However the rivalry can also be found in the policies their elected officials enact to create or hinder economic growth.
Missouri and Kansas have gone in two different directions when it comes to tax reform. Earlier this year, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a continuation of income tax cuts that would result in $3.8 billion in tax relief for Kansas families and businesses over the next five years.
In Missouri, Governor Nixon vetoed a measure that would reduce state tax collections by more than $700 million a year when fully implemented. It would also include a 50% tax cut for businesses that “pass through” their income to the owner’s personal return and drop the top personal income tax rate by one-half a percentage point.
The divide between Missouri and Kansas can also be seen in how the two governors view tax policy. Govern Nixon called these tax reduction measures an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment that would inject far-reaching uncertainty into our economy, undermine our state’s fiscal health and jeopardize basic funding for education and vital public services.”
While Governor Browback said of his plan, “We’re on a path of growth and job creation, so I say, ‘Come to Kansas,’” he said. “We’re paving the way to make Kansas the best place in America to raise a family and run a business.”
“These two governors have very different visions for tax policy. Governor Brownback has chosen the path of economic freedom which will result in more jobs; while Governor Nixon continues see thousands of Missourians leave for more economically friendly states like Kansas, Texas, & Oklahoma. Governor Nixon’s lack of vision is hurting Missourians and our legislature must make bold reforms. This is why AFP – Missouri recently unveiled our Path to Prosperity, a long term policy document that will transform Missouri out of stagnation and into an economic powerhouse.” Patrick Werner, State Director, Americans for Prosperity – Missouri.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org