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Republican economic hocus pocus doesn’t pan out. The skewing of America is the screwing of Americans. Kansas is a case in point. Governor Brownback is a lawyer politician who has accomplished nothing else. Why would the voters in Kansas expect him to have competence in economics? Aside from representing the Future Farmers of America, what does he know? Can he farm? I doubt it.

He eliminated taxes on “small businesses,” meaning wealthy individuals, and that depleted the state’s tax revenues. The wealthy individuals did not invest to create jobs. That is a silly myth.

Job creation by state governments is a matter of sustainable economic engineering in modern times. What has the governor done to address that?

Republicans are stuck on the idea that cutting taxes and trickle down are silver bullets. That is bunk.

How to grow a state economy. (Here is a starter list)

1. Organize access to capital (that may be organizing investment bank contributions from wealthy Kansas Republicans)

2. Establish a entrepreneur program for Kansas college graduates who want to start businesses and invent new products

3. Create a sustainable economic environment promoting renewable energy as a place to start

4. Initiate the renewing of Kansas program by addressing new community designs based on sustainable living

See the details below.

"Sam Brownback

46th Governor of Kansas

Incumbent

Assumed office January 10, 2011

United States Senator from Kansas

In office November 7, 1996 – January 3, 2011

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas's 2nd district

In office January 3, 1995 – November 7, 1996

Personal details

Born Samuel Dale Brownback

September 12, 1956 (age 57)

Garnett, Kansas, U.S.

Political party Republican

Spouse(s)

Mary Brownback

Children 5

Residence

Cedar Crest

Alma mater

Kansas State University

University of Kansas, Lawrence

Profession Attorney

Religion

Roman Catholicism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Brownback

“Tax cuts in Kansas have cost the state money and jobs

BY CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM June 27 at 3:58 PM

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal last month to tout the success of his economic program, particularly several rounds of income tax cuts amounting to the largest in the state's history. "We supported small business by taking away all income taxes on small businesses," Brownback wrote, "allowing them to reinvest in their businesses, creating jobs and growth. ... By giving these companies more money to reinvest in their businesses, we are enabling them to hire more people and invest in needed equipment."

The only problem? That job growth hasn't exactly materialized. In fact, as Josh Barro notes in a must-read over at The Upshot today, job growth in Kansas has actually lagged behind the U.S. average, especially in the years following the first round of Brownback tax cuts in 2012.

Earlier this year, my colleague Niraj Chokshi reported on a Center and Budget Policy Priorities study of Kansas' cuts. In an unusually frank assessment from the nonpartisan think tank, the study's authors concluded that "Kansas is a cautionary tale, not a model. As other states recover from the recent recession and turn toward the future, Kansas’ huge tax cuts have left that state’s schools and other public services stuck in the recession, and declining further — a serious threat to the state’s long-term economic vitality. Meanwhile, promises of immediate economic improvement have utterly failed to materialize."

Every month brings fresh economic news that further validates these findings — job creation in Kansas has remained essentially flat since last fall, even as employment increased in the rest of the country.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/27/tax-cuts-in-kansas-have-cost-the-state-money-and-jobs/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

1. Organize access to capital (that may be organizing investment bank contributions from wealthy Kansas Republicans)
1. Organize access to capital (that may be organizing investment bank contributions from wealthy Kansas Republicans) Brent Frazee/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images

1. Organize access to capital (that may be organizing investment bank contributions from wealthy Kansas Republicans)

Well, there is a start. http://apps.kda.ks.gov/GIS/ks_cap.cfm

The trouble is that this is all for farming.

Here is something much better. Good for you governor.

“Access to Capital
Funding Your Business
Seeking funding for your business? You’ve come to the right place. Innovate Kansas has compiled a list of valuable resources to provide you with access to capital opportunities.
Angel Investors
After you’ve established a strong business strategy, explore the directories of angel investors:
Mid-America Angels
Central Investment Network – Angel Investors in Kansas
Angel Funding & Venture Capital – Kansas City
Already an Angel Investor? See if you qualify for a Tax Credit:
Learn about the Kansas Angels Tax Credit
Financial Institutions, Bank Lenders, and Loans
Contact your local bank to learn about enterprise services and small business loans. For a full list of the top bank locations in Kansas, visit: TopBankLocations.com.
For early-stage businesses:
NetWork Kansas – Startup Kansas Loan Funds
NetWork Kansas – ROZ Business Accelerator Pilot Program
Venture Capital
The Department of Commerce has comprised a directory of venture capital businesses in Kansas and surrounding areas. Venture capital companies are an integral factor in providing critical private investment capital to high potential early-stage companies.
Venture Capital Companies
Additional resources:
NetWork Kansas – Capital Multiplier Venture Fund
Foundations
The Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF) is a trusted community catalysts that offer in-depth knowledge of local issues and funding resources to help preserve the health and well-being of Kansas and its residents. Annually, KACFmembers contribute millions of dollars to their local communities through grants and scholarships.
Directory of Community Foundations in Kansas
Online Community Fundraising
The NetWork Kansas E-Community is a partnership that allows a town, a cluster of towns, or an entire county to raise money for local entrepreneurs through donations from individuals or businesses within the community.
NetWork Kansas – E-Community for Entrepreneurs
Grant Resources
Federal funding such as grants can really help both new entrepreneurs and experience business owners. Grants can often be used to fund new initiatives or finance new projects. Check out these resources for grant opportunities.
Kansas Grant Watch
Kansas Government Grants
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Federal Grant Search
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
USDA Rural Development – Business & Cooperative Assistance
North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
Kauffman Foundation Grants”
 

http://innovatekansas.org/access-to-capital/

2. Establish a entrepreneur program for Kansas college graduates who want to start businesses and invent new products
2. Establish a entrepreneur program for Kansas college graduates who want to start businesses and invent new products THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty

2. Establish a entrepreneur program for Kansas college graduates who want to start businesses and invent new products

Kansas has no college entrepreneur programs listed in the top 25: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224419.

This is where the governor took his eye off the ball, or is playing lowball. The closest program is in neighboring Missouri.

3. Create a sustainable economic environment promoting renewable energy as a place to start
3. Create a sustainable economic environment promoting renewable energy as a place to start Darryl Leniuk/Getty Images

3. Create a sustainable economic environment promoting renewable energy as a place to start

Sustainable agriculture for Kansas is a crisis.

“Sustainable Agriculture

Focus on issues facing farmers and producers

The issues that are important to farmers across the country include stewardship, profitability, sustainability and the health of their community. And those are the topics to be covered in Kansas in an upcoming agriculture roundup.

The practice of sustainable agriculture is built upon soil fertility and the protection of soil health. For centuries, farmers around the world have been employing these basic techniques to keep their soil productive. Early in colonial American history, George Washington was using cover crops and manure applications on his farm. American farmers, who did not carefully tend their soil, eventually "wore it out." The Westward Expansion partly reflected the lowered productivity of eastern lands and the search for new farmland farther west.”

http://www.ecochem.com/t_soil_management.html

4. Initiate the renewing of Kansas program by addressing new community designs based on sustainable living
4. Initiate the renewing of Kansas program by addressing new community designs based on sustainable living Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

4. Initiate the renewing of Kansas program by addressing new community designs based on sustainable living

Kansas is in big trouble and needs fresh ideas. Old economic paradigms are cutting it, Neither are soiled and eroded Republican ideas that lead to skewed wealth and unequal opportunity.

The governor needs to spend less time hunting and more time schooling.

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