Kansas’ tax cuts inspiring Missouri debate

Missouri is wrestling with whether to imitate Kansas’ income-tax cuts and, not coincidentally, risk its own budget shortfall. “It may turn out that Kansas decides it wasn’t such a good fiscal policy to decimate their revenue,” said Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, as the Missouri Senate approved a bill to cut state income taxes and raise sales taxes. Sponsoring Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, said: “I’m trying to stop the bleeding. I’m trying to stop the businesses from fleeing into Kansas.” Earlier, Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, had argued: “I believe we need to be the Show-Me State, not the ‘me too’ state.”