Report: Kansas economic growth trails neighbors

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A new report by a nonpartisan Wichita business coalition indicates Kansas’ economic recovery is lagging in comparison to five nearby states in nearly a dozen key measures associated with employment and business expansion.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Economic Progress Council issued the report Monday using information released last month by the Council of Economic Advisors, created two years ago by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The report shows improvements in the state’s economy trail growth in 11 of 12 categories compared with Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas, though Kansas does lead in the number of building permits issued.

Brownback spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the report indicates that Kansas is closing the gap with surrounding states and that momentum will grow in 2014 as income taxes are lowered again.

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