I didn't have a clue and I suspect that 99 percent of other NYT readers also didn't have a clue. This raises the question of why did the NYT use this number, referring to the size of the income tax cuts being proposed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, without any context?

Kansas 2013 budget was $13.4 billion, making the proposed tax cut equal to 6.3 percent of last year's budget. Most NYT readers would have a reasonably good sense of the meaning of 6.3 percent.

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