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July 23, 2014

Open Letter to Governor Sam Brownback

          Dear Mr. Governor,

          I am confused by your tax policy in Kansas.

          I understand your plan is to attract new business to the state by cutting taxes. I am aware of the 25% cut in individual income tax rates in 2012 and the repeal of taxes on sole proprietorships and pass through businesses that same year. And, I note in 2013 even lower rates were adopted.

          The result I understand from June 2013 to June 2014 has been an 11% drop in revenue, some growth in the economy, but not really anything to brag about.

          You said last week your plan will take more time.

          O.K., that makes sense, but how much time and how much damage to our state’s reputation will occur while we wait?

          My big question is about public relations.

          Using Google I ask the question: What are the best states in which to do business.

          With the drastic measures you’ve taken in Kansas I expected theSunflower State to be at the top of all the lists, but it wasn’t. Fact is it was hard to find Kansas anywhere but in the middle of the pack.

          Forbes even printed an article entitled: What’s the Matter WithKansas and It’s Tax Cuts? It Can’t Do Math.

          Not very complimentary, would you agree?

          The Tax Foundation listing of best business climates by state rankedKansas 26th and not even in the top ten for taxes.

          With some help, I did find buried on the Kansas Department of Commerce website a report from Pollina Corporate Real Estate. They ranked Kansas as the fifth best state to do business and also praised you and your tax policies.

          I am shocked. With Kansas’ massive tax cuts designed to attract attention and new business one would assume there would be a tremendous public relations effort to sell our state’s unique tax opportunity.

          Unfortunately, most of what I was able to find was not very complimentary to our state.

          So Governor, are you doing a good job of selling Kansas?

          If your answer is “yes” please help me understand how it works.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      Steve Sauder