• September Jobs Numbers Show Kansas Continuing To Become More Competitive Post-Tax Reform

    September Jobs Numbers Show Kansas Continuing To Become More Competitive Post-Tax Reform0

    Kansas has a long history of trailing 50-state average job growth, but—as the adjacent table shows—it has become gradually more competitive in the four years since 2012 than it was in the fourteen years prior to 2012. Private sector jobs grew almost twice as fast over the last four years (3.6 percent vs 2.0) and

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  • Pass-through entities drive job growth in Kansas

    Pass-through entities drive job growth in Kansas1

    Without any data to back their claims, opponents of Kansas’ tax reform maintain that owners of so-called pass-through entities (businesses not organized as regular C-Corporations) haven’t created jobs since their pass-through income was exempt from state income tax beginning in 2013.  But U.S. Census data not only shows they created jobs, pass-through entities actually created

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  • Tax Reform Has Given Majority of Kansans Tax Relief, New Data Shows

    Tax Reform Has Given Majority of Kansans Tax Relief, New Data Shows0

    Critics of tax reform in Kansas continue trying to paint it as only benefiting businesses and those with higher incomes. Data from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) proves otherwise and shows that the majority of Kansans—those earning anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000—have enjoyed reduced tax burdens. The table below shows this in the form

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  • KPERS Debt Created under Previous Administrations

    KPERS Debt Created under Previous Administrations0

    Kansas has a high debt burden, but it long predates the current administration, current tax policy, and the current legislature. This fact contradicts media’s misleading use of a September 2016 report from Truth in Accounting to imply that Kansas’ unfunded pension liabilities and broader debt burden have primarily been products of the state’s current budget

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  • Far From Cash-Strapped, Universities & Many State Agencies Continue To Build Significant Cash Reserves

    Far From Cash-Strapped, Universities & Many State Agencies Continue To Build Significant Cash Reserves0

    Kansas students and families continue to face mounting tuition and fee expenses even as their state universities continue to build up significant cash reserves. This news comes according to new, FY 2016 unencumbered cash (also called carryover cash) balance data available at KansasOpenGov.org. The adjacent table shows the growth in each university’s general fee fund

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  • KDOT Spending Higher in 2015 and 2016 than in Prior Years

    KDOT Spending Higher in 2015 and 2016 than in Prior Years0

    Media and special interest groups representing contractors have been sounding a steady drumbeat decrying decreased highway funding in Kansas, but the FY 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) shows spending on transportation projects in 2015 and 2016 was the highest over the last ten years. Excluding debt service

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