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Brownback Says Tax Plan ‘Actually Worked.’ Do Colyer and Kobach Still Agree?

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Kansas Suffered Under Disastrous Plan

Yesterday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was in D.C. giving advice to Republicans in Congress who are pushing a tax plan similar to what the governor implemented in Kansas. Despite a mountain of evidence that shows his tax scheme was a complete failure, Brownback insisted that “what we did actually worked.”


Brownback’s tax plan resulted in hundred million dollar budget shortfalls, school shutdowns, and credit downgrades. The “experiment” was such an unmitigated disaster that Republicans and Democrats in the legislature banded together to repeal the cuts this past summer. 

So what about the Republicans running to replace Brownback? The Kansas City Star wrote that Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer “might be as committed to Brownback’s budget theories as the governor himself.” His opponent Sec. of State Kris Kobach has been campaigning on a “return to Brownback-era tax policy.”

So do they still think it “actually worked?”

“Are Jeff Colyer and Kris Kobach in denial like Gov. Brownback is about the disaster his tax plan caused?” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Under Brownback, Kansas’ economy lagged, roads and bridges crumbled, and schools closed. Kansas’ next governor needs to move the state beyond the Brownback experiment. So far, Colyer and Kobach haven’t shown they are willing to do that.”