Biggest tax cut doesn’t mean best

The May passage of the legislation slashing income taxes gave Gov. Sam Brownback bragging rights to say “I signed the largest tax cut in state history,” as he did in a commentary in the July 29 Eagle. That claim previously belonged to former Gov. Bill Graves, who recently campaigned in Wichita and other cities on behalf of moderate Republican state senators targeted for defeat by Brownback and his allies at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity. Now, Graves quipped to a Wichita fundraiser crowd, he’s revised his biography to say, “I signed the largest responsible tax cut in the history of Kansas.”