In 2010, Sam Brownback, a sitting U.S. senator, ran for governor of Kansas on an economic platform created by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that specializes in promoting draft legislation.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Once elected, Brownback convinced state legislators to cut personal income tax rates across the board and eliminate the top tax bracket. The tax cuts were sold by Brownback with the idea that they would pay for themselves when a renewed economy boosted state revenues despite the lower rates. He promised to slash taxes on business owners and lower personal income tax rates, unleashing an economic renaissance and good times in Kansas.
NPR’s Planet Money goes back and takes a look at Kansas and the good times that have yet to materialize.