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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talks with the media during a news conference Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Topeka, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talks with the media during a news conference Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Topeka, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

President Trump's top legislative priority is overhauling the tax system. Some critics say the GOP plan echoes the tax cut experiment implemented by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in 2012. According to Brownback, the so-called Kansas experiment was supposed to be a "shot of adrenaline" to the state's economy by dramatically cutting income taxes and eliminating "pass-through" small business taxes.

But growth stalled, revenue fell and infrastructure and education services suffered. Now, the state faces a budget shortfall of more than $800 million. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson (@jeremyhobson) takes a look at what happened to the economy in Kansas, and how politics in the state has shifted as a result.

This segment aired on October 25, 2017.

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