• Kansas House passes $2.4 billion income tax increase

    Kansas House passes $2.4 billion income tax increase0

    After the November election, we said the 2017 Legislature would be defined by broken promises – either not being willing to pass the enormous tax increases to fund the vote-for-me promises or the implied promise to just raising taxes on small businesses.  Now we know that the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives intends

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  • New business filings sets another record in Kansas

    New business filings sets another record in Kansas1

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reports new business filings set another record in 2016.  There were 18,147 new domestic business filings last year and the total number of entities in existence also set another record at 187,305.  The number of entities in existence does not include proprietorships. It’s noteworthy that both the number of

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  • Kansas income tax hike rejected by citizens

    Kansas income tax hike rejected by citizens2

    Listening to a lot of legislators, one might think their constituents are demanding that their income taxes be increased but a new market research study shows a major disconnect between Topeka and the rest of the state.   SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute between February 3 and February 8; with participation

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  • Public Discussion Exposed Misleading Claims on State Tax and Budget

    Public Discussion Exposed Misleading Claims on State Tax and Budget0

    It can be hard to meet those with whom you disagree face to face. It is much harder to practice your constitutional right to free speech when sitting on stage with someone, bellied up to the bar, or at a local coffee shop than it is while sitting at your keyboard. But, this sort of

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  • Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

    Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles0

    Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30

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  • Kansas job rank improves after tax reform

    Kansas job rank improves after tax reform0

    The first three years after reducing income taxes saw the Kansas job rank improve nicely according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Over the fourteen years leading up to 2012, private sector jobs grew by 6.3 percent and that growth rate ranked #41 among the states.  But in the three years since income

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