• Share COVID Relief Funds with Taxpayers Instead of Expanding Government

    Share COVID Relief Funds with Taxpayers Instead of Expanding Government0

    Over $3.3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds is already on the way to Kansas cities, schools, and state-level operations via the American Rescue Plan of 2021. This money should go to help the ordinary people who have struggled most during the pandemic. These public bodies must now make decisions on how to spend the

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  • Tax Ideas for the 2022 Kansas Legislative Session

    Tax Ideas for the 2022 Kansas Legislative Session0

    In wake of a massive tax revenue surplus, the state of Kansas should reduce its tax burden. Legislators should consider eliminating unfair taxes on retirees, reforming how state institutions use a property tax allocation to repair their buildings, and other burden-relieving tax options in the FY 2022 session. The Current Environment In their June 2021

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  • Kansas Businesses Would Thrive in a Regulatory Sandbox

    Kansas Businesses Would Thrive in a Regulatory Sandbox0

    Nobody likes an overzealous parent ruining the fun. Blindly forcing others to obey strict rules and making jank judgments because “they know what’s best” are two things unbearable parents have in common with overextended government bureaucracy. Both of these entities often become an annoyance for citizens and the businesses they interact with. Sometimes, what’s best

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  • Cerner’s Kansas Move Represents the Issues of STAR Bonds

    Cerner’s Kansas Move Represents the Issues of STAR Bonds0

    Kansas City’s largest private employer Cerner Corporation announced in June that they would be laying off 500 employees as they leave their Village West campus in Wyandotte County, Kansas. They chalk this up to the hybrid work post-pandemic with many employees being relocated across State Line to their Bannister Road campus. Cerner’s decision raises concerns

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  • 2022 Lawrence Budget: Misdirection and Runaway Spending

    2022 Lawrence Budget: Misdirection and Runaway Spending0

    The current form of the City of Lawrence budget for the upcoming year could potentially lead to large deficits and more local taxes for many future fiscal years. In mid-July, Lawrence’s City Manager Craig Owens released a 2022 budget proposal which included a deficit of $7.9 million dollars between the projected expenses of $103.4 million

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  • Kansas lagging behind neighbors who dropped unemployment benefits

    Kansas lagging behind neighbors who dropped unemployment benefits0

    A new report from the Foundation for Government Accountability argues that continued federal unemployment benefits stifle worker and family efforts to return to a pre-COVID-19 economy.  Despite this, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly refuses to withdraw from programs such as the weekly $300 unemployment bonus, thus slowing Kansas’ recovery. Since late June, the state of Kansas

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