By Reid Petty, State Representative, District 125
As Christmas approaches, the Kansas Legislature is approaching its 2014 annual session as we will convene on Jan. 13, 2014.
This upcoming session will likely deal with a lot of education issues. The most talked about will likely be education funding. When we get closer to those discussions, I will share some information about those issues.
However, this is the Christmas season and so I would like to inform Kansans that the state’s unemployment rate went down again.
If you were able to read the article I wrote in the Leader/Times back in July, I discussed how the state’s income tax cuts were working and how Kansas is gaining jobs and the unemployment numbers are going down.
At that time, unemployment had gone from more than 7 percent to 5.9 percent in the two years that Governor Brownback had taken over as Governor, in which income tax cuts were passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor.
In the legislature this past May, we passed more income tax cuts and since then, the new numbers that just came out this week show that the state’s unemployment rate is now down to 5.1 percent, which is the lowest it has been since the economic collapse in 2008.
Keep in mind that the U.S. unemployment rate still sits at 7 percent. So Kansas is clearly doing something right.
The Kansas Department of Labor sDon’t forget about the true meaning of the Christmasaid about 19,900 more Kansans were employed in private-sector jobs in November of this year than in November of 2012. That puts the total to almost 1.13 million. That puts the growth rate from November of 2012 to now at 1.8 percent.
This is exciting news for Kansas. The income tax cuts are working and we, as a state, are helping lead the way on how to grow jobs, and grow Kansas.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Don’t forget about the true meaning of the Christmas season, which is the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.