• Cutting Red Tape in Kansas

    Cutting Red Tape in Kansas0

    Kansas’ 72,645 regulatory restrictions consist of 3.3 million words, which would take the average person 185 hours to read completely. The Mercatus Center’s new study Cutting Red Tape in Kansas: A Menu of Options outlines Kansas’ current position as a regulatory environment and what new directions the state could take to being an even more

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  • October 2021 Jobs: Slow Growth Amidst High Inflation

    October 2021 Jobs: Slow Growth Amidst High Inflation0

    The October jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas gained 2,500 private-sector jobs. Unfortunately, this continues a trend of slowing job growth across the state. Since July, the monthly job growth rate has gone from .4% to .3% in August and September to .2% in October. If this sluggish growth rate continues,

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  • Don’t Let High Inflation Hurt Taxpayers Through Bracket Creep

    Don’t Let High Inflation Hurt Taxpayers Through Bracket Creep0

    Kansans are currently feeling the effect of high inflation everywhere: the gas pump, the grocery store, favorite restaurants, etc. But one place you may not think about inflation is when it comes to tax brackets. Indeed, the phenomenon of bracket creep due to Kansas’ income tax policies may lead to higher taxes on top of

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  • Cut Wasteful Spending to Eliminate the Food Sales Tax

    Cut Wasteful Spending to Eliminate the Food Sales Tax0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly this week announced a new initiative to eliminate the states’ sales tax on food. Kansas’ grocery sales tax is the second-highest in the country, so this change would be welcome. However, her plan to make up for the lost revenue with surplus dollars will eventually lead to higher taxes somewhere else

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  • Solutions to Kansas’ High Property Taxes

    Solutions to Kansas’ High Property Taxes0

    When you think of some of the highest taxes in the country, you don’t immediately think of Iola, Kansas. But, you should. According to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s research – highlighted in Kansas Policy Institute’s 2021 Green Book – a city the size of Iola had some of the highest effective tax rates

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  • October Tax Surplus Invites Reform to Prevent Over-Taxation

    October Tax Surplus Invites Reform to Prevent Over-Taxation0

    Over the course of October 2021, the state of Kansas took in a total revenue of $662,709,650, which was 18.7% higher than the estimate for this month. This intake was also 11.1% greater than the actual intake from October of last year. In total, the tax revenues so far into FY 2022 are about $440

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