• KPERS pension distribution creates 327 new ‘millionaires’

    KPERS pension distribution creates 327 new ‘millionaires’0

    An Open Records request fulfilled by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) shows record-setting payouts in 2017 of $1.64 billion.   The number of KPERS ‘millionaires’ also set a new record, with 2,334 government retirees expected to receive more than $1 million in pension benefits over the first 20 years of retirement; that’s 327 more

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  • KS House socks citizens with another tax increase

    KS House socks citizens with another tax increase0

    Last year’s retroactive, record-setting tax increase apparently wasn’t enough for the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives.  Now they’ve voted to allow another $210 million income tax increase over the next two years on top of the $1.2 billion increase they imposed last year.  And that’s a very conservative number; according to Chief Budget

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  • Kansas legislators might raise taxes again

    Kansas legislators might raise taxes again0

    With just a few days left in the 2018 legislative session, Kansans will be hit with yet another tax increase unless the Legislature takes action to prevent it.  The Department of Revenue says the state will get a $506 million windfall over the next three years as a result of changes in federal tax law. 

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  • Online sales tax a ruse to grow government

    Online sales tax a ruse to grow government0

    A controversial online sales tax proposal would increase government revenue and spending by an estimated $93 million annually.  Online purchases from retailers with a physical presence in Kansas (‘nexus’) are already subject to sales tax and brought in over $400 million last year, with about $175 million from individuals and the balance from business purchases. 

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  • Kansas #26 in “Rich States, Poor States”

    Kansas #26 in “Rich States, Poor States”0

    The annual “Rich States Poor States” report published by the American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Kansas #26 in Economic Outlook for 2018, which is unchanged from the previous year.  Among regional states, Missouri (#23), Oklahoma (#16), Colorado (#15) and Arkansas (#22) have higher ranks while Nebraska (#28) and Iowa (#29) are slightly lower.  Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas

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  • 2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth

    2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth0

    A 2012 Wall Street Journal commentary about our tax and spending research entitled “States that Spend Less, Tax Less…and Grow More” made the case that efficient government is the key to keeping taxes low.  Our 2018 Green Book analysis published last week shows the relationship between less government and stronger economic growth is as strong as

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