We’re all in Kansas now, Toto: GOP tax plan is eerily similar to Brownback’s

Photo: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images | Pictured: Gov. Sam Brownback

If the name Paul Davis doesn't quite ring a bell, don't worry. For those outside of Kansas and a few years removed from a gubernatorial election year, Paul Davis was the major contender against Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in the 2014 election cycle. Davis gave Brownback quite a challenge; the two were neck and neck in polling for a while, and it looked like Kansas had a real chance at having a Democratic governor. Davis is now a 2018 candidate running to represent Kansas's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House.

The reason I’m telling you about Paul Davis now is that he’s had some great recent commentary on the Republican tax plan — and how much it resembles the budgetary nightmare we have already suffered through in Kansas under Brownback.

Kansas is “still recovering from the wreckage of Brownback mismanagement,” Davis writes in a recent op-ed titled “We need real tax reform for real people.” He argues that the GOP tax plan will send the Kansas economy right back into a state of crisis.

He also claims we can recover $900 billion if we take actions like this:

I say that instead of raising taxes on hardworking Kansas families, let’s cut them. Our tax code is riddled with loopholes. Most of these loopholes benefit big multinational corporations and the wealthiest Americans. They don’t help middle class Americans, they only help widen the gap between the very rich and the rest of us. The time for us to close these loopholes is now!

As we’ve seen in Kansas, education, social services, roads, bridges, small businesses, public lands, healthcare, and other state-funded institutions have borne the brunt of Brownback’s tax plan — which was also put out at the last minute without allowing time for review.

Here’s hoping the rest of the country learns from our misfortune before it’s too late.