More doubts about low-tax claims

Another researcher is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback’s contention that lower state income taxes will be like “a shot of adrenaline to the heart” of the state’s economy. Michael Mazerov, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said that “there’s a ton of research out there that argues very strongly this will not appreciably help small businesses,” and that very few will “make a decision to hire somebody based on their tax situation.” Iowa finance experts also published “Selling Snake Oil to the States,” which concluded that there is no significant relationship between lower income taxes and growth in state gross domestic product. But the American Legislative Exchange Council contends that the critics’ research is flawed and that the tax reforms will help “grow the economic pie for everyone.”