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  • Many counties withhold information on property tax hearings

    Many counties withhold information on property tax hearings0

    With just 12 days to go before the revenue-neutral rate property tax hearings will begin, over half of the taxing entities that have responded to KORA requests from Kansas Policy Institute are not raising property taxes this year.  But as of today, 61 counties have not provided information in response to our Open Records requests

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  • Excess tax collections are not good for taxpayers

    Excess tax collections are not good for taxpayers0

    Governor Laura Kelly is heralding tax collections exceeding expectations as a sign of “forward momentum” in the state’s economy, but that is a government-focused viewpoint.  The economic data tells a different story for taxpayers. In July 2022, the state of Kansas took in a total tax revenue of $586.2 million, 27.8% greater than the estimates

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  • Free Market Solutions to Kansas’s Rising Electric Costs

    Free Market Solutions to Kansas’s Rising Electric Costs0

    Since 2007, the cost of electric rates in Kansas has increased by 70%. In some areas, the rate cost is 35% more than in other states. In fact, Kansas’s rates are nearly 2 cents per kilowatt-hour higher than the cost in Oklahoma. That may not seem like much but would amount to about $1328 for

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  • Kansas families are losing $8,700 annually from inflation

    Kansas families are losing $8,700 annually from inflation0

    Trillions in government spending and a supply chain crisis stemming from factors like energy production restrictions and businesses closed during COVID-19 lockdowns are costing Kansas families $8,700 annually in higher costs for food, energy, transportation, and housing due to inflation. The estimated annual cost comes from the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and estimates inflation rates

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  • Megaproject and Government Spending Can’t Hide Anemic Job Growth

    Megaproject and Government Spending Can’t Hide Anemic Job Growth0

    Last month, Kansas gained 3,900 government jobs – almost as many as the 4,000 private-sector jobs advertised through the Panasonic megaproject and its taxpayer subsidies. Big government spending like a future megaproject can’t hide Kansas’s weak private sector jobs numbers. The June Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas gain 700 private

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  • Saving Billions in Kansas Government Budgets

    Saving Billions in Kansas Government Budgets0

    Mega-subsidies, property tax increases, and uncompetitive economics, oh my! From the local to the state level, legislators have the opportunity everywhere from government budgets to the next legislative session to make Kansas a more affordable and economically competitive state for families. Local Budgeting Cities, counties, school districts, and various other government budgets across Kansas are

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