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  • Kansans’ earnings growth near the worst in the Plains

    Kansans’ earnings growth near the worst in the Plains0

    Official estimates show Kansans fared worse than their peers during the COVID pandemic and government lockdowns.  Kansans’ personal income growth was the 9th slowest in the nation and 2nd slowest in the Plains region. Even without federal assistance, Kansans’ earnings growth was near the worst in the Plains. It’s an unfortunate sign Kansas families’ economic

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  • August jobs report says no Kansas full recovery until 2021

    August jobs report says no Kansas full recovery until 20210

    Creating private-sector jobs is arguably the only remedy for the backlog of Kansans awaiting the state to process unemployment payouts. After losing over 120,000 private-sector jobs from the COVID-19 lockdown, the state could have fully recovered this month. However, every month since lockdown the state gained fewer and fewer private jobs. The August jobs report

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  • Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster

    Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster0

    Early this month, Governor Kelly testified to Congress, asking for federal bailouts of Kansas’ billion-dollar budget shortfall. However, bailing out Kansas’s budget shortfall cements poor fiscal management, puts Kansans at financial risk, and hastens a federal fiscal disaster. According to the Kansas Legislative Research Department, Kansas went from an ending balance of $1.1 billion in

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  • Small businesses re-plummet despite state economic planning

    Small businesses re-plummet despite state economic planning0

    To state the obvious, the Kansas state government blew the chance for a 2020 V-shaped economic recovery.  Despite evidence small business activity leads to a strong economy, state officials seem determined to undermine this engine of economic opportunity. Now, new data reveals the state’s anti-small business sentiment caused small business openings to re-plummet and extend

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