World will be watching Kansas’ tax experiment

News of Gov. Sam Brownback’s “real live experiment” of massively cutting state income taxes went global with a Reuters story likening the reform to the GOP blueprint at the national level crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. “Someone has to get the nation’s fiscal house in order. The people who can get that done are conservatives,” retiring House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, told the international news service. The quoted moderate GOP state senators begged to differ: “The tax cuts will do huge damage to Kansas over the next few years,” predicted retiring state Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood. Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, said: “Unless jobs come flooding to Kansas, the first place to cut is education. We have to hope this (tax-cut package) is a success, or a lot of people are going to get hurt. This is bare-bones, libertarian government.”