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  • Gov. Kelly’s 2020 budget: Five things you should know

    Gov. Kelly’s 2020 budget: Five things you should know0

    Governor Kelly had an opportunity to exhibit fiscal restraint when presenting her budget last week. With state tax revenues coming in higher than expected – partly because of recent record tax hikes – the Kelly Administration missed a chance to build a structurally-balanced budget. Instead, this budget breaks a new record in spending for the

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  • Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap

    Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap0

    City and county officials often want Kansas homeowners and businesses to believe that they’ve “held the line” on property taxes. However, Kansans soon realize local officials spoke only of mill rates. Kansans’ property taxes continue to climb as local officials raise property valuations while not adjusting mill rates. The difference between that mill rate growth

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  • County economies among the slowest in the nation

    County economies among the slowest in the nation0

    Like students receiving their semester report cards, counties in the U.S. recently received a similar assessment on their economic performance. Unfortunately, rather than being near the top, eight out of the ten most populous Kansas counties are among the slowest growing economies in the nation. In reviewing official estimates, it seems counties with higher rates

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  • Gov. Kelly promotes flawed “Three-Legged Stool” tax policy

    Gov. Kelly promotes flawed “Three-Legged Stool” tax policy0

    In their report to the 2020 Kansas legislature, Governor Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform promoted state tax policy with co-equal income, sales, and property taxes, a “three-legged stool.” However, upon further review, the flawed tax policy creates unstable budgets and encourages the government to decide who benefits from the wealth of others. Governor Kelly wished

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