State rankings improve but economy lags

The Brownback administration recently touted slight improvements in two state business rankings, but another report shows Kansas trailing most other states in economic growth. Kansas moved from eighth to sixth in the Pollina Corporate Real Estate annual rankings of states, and it moved from 15th to 14th in a CNBC ranking of state business environments. But a report by the Tax Policy Center found Kansas lagging most states in economic growth from February to May and predicted it will trail in the next six months, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. “Most states improved over the past quarter; only Alaska, Kansas, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming experienced declines,” according to the report, which looked at nonfarm employment, average manufacturing hours worked, the state’s unemployment rate and real wages.