Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan is starting to sound like “Baghdad Bob,” the former Iraqi spokesman who boasted about how great things were, contrary to visible evidence. After Kansas corporate tax collections in September were 17 percent less than expected, Jordan said that the numbers “show that Kansas businesses are investing.” After total tax collections in October were about 4 percent less than projections, the Revenue Department press release bragged, “Kansans keep more of their money through tax relief.” So far this fiscal year, which began July 1, the state has collected $27 million less in taxes than expected and nearly $175 million less than during the same period in 2012.
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