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  • Kansas April jobs report suggests an economic free-fall

    Kansas April jobs report suggests an economic free-fall0

    During the worst of the public health crisis, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly locked in place the COVID-19 economic shock. That means state policy closed businesses and ended jobs longer than necessary. As a result, the April jobs report announced Kansas lost 130,400 total jobs. Analysis of this jobs report suggests the state economy is shrinking

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  • Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?

    Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?0

    Kansas lockdown and social distancing rules to combat COVID-19 have led to massive unemployment. With claims for unemployment benefits hitting record levels, the state’s real unemployment rate is likely well above 10%. Governor Kelly must change unemployment benefits policy to encourage work. Otherwise, the full Kansas economic recovery from COVID-19 may not start until well

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  • Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 2

    Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 20

    The economic effects from COVID-19 are on track to send state government into severe fiscal trouble. As such, a consensus group of state forecasters reduced tax revenue estimates,  anticipating a COVID economic shock. However, estimates from national forecasters cast serious doubt on how realistic Kansas forecasters are. There’s considerable evidence Kansas consensus group vastly underestimated

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  • Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 1

    Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 10

    Recently, state forecasters predicted a substantial reduction in state tax revenues as an economic impact of COVID-19. However, comparisons to the Great Recession as well as state forecasters’ history of projections can give key insights. They suggest the state government will have another off-target tax revenue prediction. On April 20th, economists and analysts from the

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