Trump’s Tax Plan Has Echoes Of The Kansas Tax Cut Experiment. Members of Congress might want to familiarize themselves with the story of Kansas’ failed tax-cutting experiment as they begin deliberations on President Donald Trump’s tax-reform plan. It could serve as a cautionary tale because some elements of the president’s updated proposal mirror pieces of the tax-cut plan that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback pushed through the state legislature in 2012, promising it would deliver a “shot of adrenaline” to the Kansas economy. It didn’t. Instead, revenues crashed, forcing Brownback and lawmakers to resort to spending cuts, borrowing and accounting tricks to maintain a balanced budget.