An “experiment” is how Kansas Governor Sam Brownback referred to the drastic tax cuts (the largest in the state’s history) he signed into law in 2012 after his state was emerging from a recession. In this first part of a three-part documentary series on the fallout from the experiment, we learn about how this plan–which included massive breaks that allowed 330,000 businesses to take advantage, and slashed personal income taxes–affected education in Kansas.
Schools were especially hard hit, including in Caney Valley, where we see how the cuts affect school resources and staffing (they had to cut staff in every area). All this eventually starts to erode support for Brownback in a place that initially was in favor of the Governor and his plan, once it hits home for parents and children.
This series is part of Independent Lens‘s commitment to fostering collaboration between filmmakers and journalists.