Author's Posts

  • Land Banks Fail to Solve Government-Created Living Costs

    Land Banks Fail to Solve Government-Created Living Costs0

    The Wyandotte County Land Bank is a government body established in 2018 to confiscate homes from delinquent taxpayers, refurbish them, and then sell them back to the community. Currently, the Land Bank holds around 3,500 properties that they then can sell. This process has not been without controversy. Sen. David Haley (D -Wyandotte) cited the

    READ MORE
  • September 2021 Jobs Report: Growth on the Horizon?

    September 2021 Jobs Report: Growth on the Horizon?0

    The September jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Kansas gained an estimated 1,100 private-sector jobs from the previous month. This comes as part of a recent trend of slowing job growth, with a 0.4% increase in July, a 0.3% increase last month, and now a 0.1% increase this month. Kansas still

    READ MORE
  • Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions

    Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions0

    Truth in Accounting’s Financial State of the States for 2021 ranks Kansas 27th in fiscal health nationwide with an overall grade of a D. This rank is due to the state’s $7,500 burden per taxpayer to pay off its $6.7 billion in debt, including unfunded retirement benefit and pension plans. The state has “only set

    READ MORE
  • Use Excess Revenues for Tax Relief, Not More Spending

    Use Excess Revenues for Tax Relief, Not More Spending0

    Kansas took in 33% more in revenues in the first quarter of FY 2022 than the first quarter of FY 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue’s 2021 report. This trend isn’t new: in FY 2021, the state recorded an actual collected tax revenue $758 million higher than its estimate.

    READ MORE