• Kansas gradually becoming more competitive on job growth, June numbers show

    Kansas gradually becoming more competitive on job growth, June numbers show0

    Private sector jobs grew 4.1 percent over the last four years (June to June). While that is less than the national average of 8.9 percent, it is a better performance to the 50-state average than over the previous fourteen years. Private sector job growth for Kansas was only 2.2 percent between June 1998 and June

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  • Olathe and Johnson County misrepresent pending property tax increases

    Olathe and Johnson County misrepresent pending property tax increases0

    Misleading responses from the City of Olathe and Johnson County to a citizen’s inquiry about pending property tax increases are perfect examples of why the Legislature is allowing citizens to vote on property tax increases next year.  KPI’s report on pending property tax increases prompted a resident to ask Johnson County Commissioners, “I am interested

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  • Property tax hikes in the works

    Property tax hikes in the works0

    City Council members and County Commissioners across Kansas are deciding how much more to tax and spend next year, and the preliminary numbers are not encouraging across most of the larger population areas.  With inflation at 1.4 percent (June 2016 compared to December 2015), the smallest increase we found was 1.6 percent in Kansas City,

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  • Students and Taxpayers Bear the Costs of Generous Pay Packages at Johnson County Community College

    Students and Taxpayers Bear the Costs of Generous Pay Packages at Johnson County Community College1

    This post has been updated to correct a typo and clarify a calculation made within the body of the post. Johnson County Community College (JCCC) payroll records—now available on KansasOpenGov.Org for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years —may raise eyebrows among students and taxpayers alike, as some JCCC staff members earn salaries that appear to

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  • Personal Income Ranking Distorted by Media

    Personal Income Ranking Distorted by Media0

    There are many variations of yellow journalism.  There’s the pants-on-fire type practiced by Steve Rose at the Kansas City Star and the let’s-give-cover-to-government version from KWCH-TV, just to name two.  Yesterday’s release of inflation-adjusted Personal Income totals by the Bureau of Economic Analysis brought forth another form: ‘sensationalize-even-if-it’s-misleading.’ The Wichita Eagle proclaimed “Kansans’ pay increase

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  • Yellow journalism defines KC Star’s Steve Rose

    Yellow journalism defines KC Star’s Steve Rose0

    Yellow journalism originally referred to a style of journalism that used melodrama, romance, and hyperbole to sell newspapers and influence public opinion.  Over time, it has become synonymous with unethical behavior, ignoring facts and fabricating claims in pursuit of an agenda.  It is also an apt description of Steve Rose’s attacks on Kansas Policy Institute

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