Property tax abuse continues in Kansas counties

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The beat goes on, The beat goes on Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, la de da de da I’m reminded of this chorus from a Sonny and Cher song every year when new property tax data is released, with a slight variation.  Taxes keep pounding people to the ground.  La de da de de, la … Read More

$1.5 billion property tax savings might be headed your way

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Imagine how your property tax bill would look if cities and counties were only permitted to increases taxes by inflation unless voters said taxes could go higher.  It’s not a fantasy; legislation pending in Topeka could make that happen shortly. Had such a law been in place since 1998, property taxes levied by the 25 largest cities would have been … Read More

April Jobs Update

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Much has been made of newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers pointing to a slight decline in private-sector job growth in Kansas from March to April. Kansas did experience a 0.3% decline, but the small decline is not unique to Kansas.  Regional neighbors Missouri and Nebraska faced similar monthly declines of 0.2%, and ten other states across the nation … Read More

New Survey Shows Kansas Business Owners Feeling Increasingly Positive about State Business Climate

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Thumbtack.com has begun tapping its nationwide network of independent service providers and contractors to build a monthly survey—released for the first time Tuesday—tracking economic outlook sentiments and unique market challenges small business owners face across the 50 states. The survey has been two and a half years in the making and is a unique one given its targeted focus on a … Read More

KCEG misleads on job growth – again

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The latest misleading claim on job growth from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth is loaded with misleading and irrelevant information; they don’t fully disclose their methodology and at this writing they have ignored our request to explain it.  Sadly, this is not the first, second or even third time that KCEG has published misleading information and declined to produce documentation. Here are the questions we posed … Read More

Could King v. Burwell Spell the End of Obamacare as We Know It?

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The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in June on King v. Burwell: a case that could spell the end of the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or Obamacare) as we know it if the Court disallows the ACA’s federal health insurance subsidies in 34 states (68% of the country) and thus prevents the law’s individual and employer mandates from … Read More

Q1 2015 Jobs Update

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Bureau of Labor Statistics private-sector jobs numbers through Q1 2015 show Kansas continuing to become increasingly competitive with its income-taxing peers post-tax reform of 2012. First quarter job growth was a little less than the full year of 2014 (1.9%) but still more competitive than before tax reform.  Kansas’ job growth was at 67% (1.52% vs. 2.27%) of the rate of … Read More

Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice

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The following guest post is written by Michael LaFaive  of the Mackinac Center For Public Policy and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D., of Ohio State University. Various proposals would raise excise taxes on cigarettes, one by as much as $1.50 per pack among other items. This is a bad — if not irrational — choice for Kansas given the large raft of unintended … Read More

If fairness is really the issue, tax government pensions

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Some of the push to raise tax revenue in Kansas is being couched in terms of fairness, as in, ‘why should one group be exempt from income tax but others must pay tax.’ The focus of those discussions are the businesses organized as Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs), partnerships and other business entities that are taxed as Individuals instead of Corporations. … Read More

KC Star misleads again on Kansas economic growth

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A recent Kansas City Star editorial says that In the Kansas City area, jobs aren’t fleeing Missouri after Kansas tax cuts, but as is often the case, they set up a straw man argument (e.g., “fleeing” isn’t the issue) and make selective use of data to make their point. A conclusive analysis of the efficacy of tax reform will require many more … Read More