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The cost of tax cuts: What happens in Kansas doesn't stay in Kansas

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DRAWING CROWDS: Gov. Jay Nixon is drawing crowds in Missouri when he speaks against the legislature's massive tax-cutting program that he vetoed. - GOV. JAY NIXON
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  • DRAWING CROWDS: Gov. Jay Nixon is drawing crowds in Missouri when he speaks against the legislature's massive tax-cutting program that he vetoed.

We have seen the future and it is Kansas and Missouri. Kansas, with unified Republican legislature and governor, has embarked on a spree of ultra-right legislating, including massive tax cuts. Soon enough, we’ll see if tax cuts bring prosperity to Kansas.

Not be outdone, the ultra-right Missouri legislature is on the same course, with a dose of federal supremacy-defying gun nuttery in the bargain.

But Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is fighting back. He's launched a huge campaign to bring pressure to prevent override of his veto of a massive Republican legislature tax cut — the kind the Arkansas legislature started talking about this year, and implemented in part with Speaker Davy Carter's enormous tax break for the very wealthiest Arkansans.

Nixon is saying some things worth noting, even if the hope of their being heeded by faith-based tax cutters is hopeless:

* AN ATTRACTIVE STATE ISN'T COST FREE:

“We cannot move the economy forward by dramatically defunding education in this state,”


* POACHING FROM NEIGHBORS IS, GENERALLY, MYOPIC:

“The challenge for jobs that we’re in, if you’re thinking it’s between Texas and Missouri and Kansas, you’re missing the whole picture,” he said, his voice thundering. He then held his hands on either side of his head and shook his palms. “The competition for jobs for us is, like, between us and China and us and Russia. I mean, it’s a worldwide economy.”

Nixon is emphasizing the massive hit the tax cut will deliver to education and mental health services.

It is a bit ironic that Arkansas legislators — some of them devoted tax-cutting Republicans — have moved with alacrity to respond to the big health insurance increases facing the 50,000 employees covered by the Arkansas public education insurance program. It will cost money. Education costs money. Health care costs money. States that beggar these things are lures to only the meanest, smallest-margin of industries. Don't believe me? Get an Arkansas history book.

PS — Nixon pushed for Medicaid expansion but lost. He needed some Obama Republicans like those in Arkansas.  He's also been helped by Texas Gov. Rick Perry meddling in the Missouri veto debate.

Speaking about Mr. Perry during the interview, Mr. Nixon started, “Three things,” breaking into laughter as he mimicked Mr. Perry’s infamous flub during a Republican presidential debate last year when, under questioning, he failed to remember the third federal agency he had proposed to eliminate.

“I think when he jumped inside a veto override fight,” Mr. Nixon said, pausing to choose his words carefully, “that’s not the way governors deal with each other.”



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