What’s So Right About Kansas?
Kansas native Bob Weeks hosted Jonathan Williams, Vice President of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), on Voice for Liberty in Wichita to talk about tax policy and federalism. Williams expounded on how states are laboratories for democracy and Kansas had been falling behind other states in the region across a range of key metrics. Governor Sam Brownback and other state leaders acknowledged the status quo was not working and decided to study and implement bold, innovative ideas. Positive change was never going to happen overnight, but the Sunflower State has taken strides in the right direction.
Now, other states are moving to implement some of the good reforms tested in Kansas and seeing promising results. But taxes and spending are two sides of the same coin. One of the flaws of the Kansas experiment is the failing in Topeka to keep spending in check. Still, the tax reforms should help encourage charitable giving, outside investment, and robust job growth to promote a healthy economy for hardworking Kansas taxpayers. Williams says ALEC is proud to work with such a strong member delegation in Topeka through model policy, publicly available at alec.org, and a robust exchange of ideas.
See the full interview below.