The Wall Street Journal editorial board defended Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cut policies in an editorial Wednesday headlined, “Why liberals hate Kansas.” “The truth is that it’s too soon to draw grand conclusions about the tax cuts, which have been in effect for all of 19 months,” the editorial said. “But some early economic indicators suggest they may be producing modest positive effects.” The problem is that those modest effects aren’t keeping up with the loss of tax revenue, and the state is quickly headed for large budget shortfalls. The editorial concluded that liberals are trying to stop the tax-cutting trend from spreading by predicting catastrophe. “They’re afraid people may soon be asking what’s right with Kansas,” the editorial said. But a Wall Street Journal news article last month reported that, so far, the results of Brownback’s tax cuts “are serving as more of a warning than a beacon.”
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