Kansas Dem to Congress: Tax Cuts in Our State Led to Prison Riots

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2017 @3:45pm
Kansas Dem to Congress: Tax Cuts in Our State Led to Prison Riots

Cut taxes, and you may have … prison riots? That seems to be the argument of State Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita), a Kansas state legislator who is running for governor and was invited to testify to Senate Democrats about Kansas’ tax cuts on Wednesday. Ward is part of a partisan effort by Democrats like Sen. […]

Cut taxes, and you may have … prison riots?

That seems to be the argument of State Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita), a Kansas state legislator who is running for governor and was invited to testify to Senate Democrats about Kansas’ tax cuts on Wednesday.

Ward is part of a partisan effort by Democrats like Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to throw cold water on the GOP’s tax plan as the majority party rolls it out on Wednesday.

Ward made a strange argument against tax cuts in an interview with McClatchy, though.

Ward said his involvement in the hearing was triggered by the GOP tax plan’s resemblance to the Brownback tax experiment.

“Here’s the dirty little secret. Our job growth was stagnant,” Ward said. “We lost jobs one year and we gained a very small amount one year. The economic growth was stagnant. You didn’t see businesses flocking to Kansas.

“You did see larger class sizes in Kansas school, teachers leaving Kansas, riots in the prisons,” he said.

Ward wants Washington lawmakers to understand understand the fallout of the Kansas Experiment so that they won’t make the same mistakes.

There were negative consequences to tax cuts in Kansas, for sure, in part because the tax cuts were not paid for. But to argue tax cuts caused a “riots”?

It’s not even the ‘strangest’ argument made by Democrats on Tuesday. In what can only be described as a poor effort at a “Stranger Things” tie-in, Senate Democrats tweeted this about the GOP tax plan:

Will Democrats’ ‘stranger’ arguments torpedo GOP-led tax cuts? Time will tell.

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