This blog has reported repeatedly on the Kansas Experiment. With the backing of the Koch brothers (whose headquarters is in Topeka), governor Sam Brownback, and a legislature so far right that after they got rid of most of the Democrats, they also got rid of most of the moderate Republicans, Kansas became a wet dream for trickle down economics. They slashed taxes and got rid of all those pesky regulations. And then their economy collapsed, while all the surrounding states were doing much better. You can’t have a more obvious failure.
When the Kansas Experiment started, Brownback asked his Council of Economic Advisors to prepare a report quarterly on how the experiment was doing. He specifically asked the council to hold him accountable through rigorous performance metrics.
Well, apparently Brownback didn’t like that the reports were holding him accountable for what was turning out to be a massive failure. So he just cancelled the reports. The best part is that a spokeswoman for Brownback said the report was cancelled because “a lot of people were confused by the report”.
But according to major newspapers in Kansas, the abandonment of the reports is evidence not only of policy failure, but as an attempt to hide that fact from the public.”