• Media Ignores Some Good News in August Jobs Numbers

    Media Ignores Some Good News in August Jobs Numbers0

    Bleak media reports highlighting a nonfarm jobs decline of 8,700 in Kansas since last August neglected to mention some good news. The Wichita metro area and the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area[1] each added jobs over the period. The table below also shows a potential silver lining to be had depending on

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  • $1.45 Billion tax hike or broken promises coming in January

    $1.45 Billion tax hike or broken promises coming in January0

    Regardless of who is elected to the 2017 Legislature, January will bring turmoil and major disappointment for many Kansans.  Very few candidates in either party say the structural budget deficit should be resolved by making government efficient, even though Kansas spends 34 percent more per-resident than the states without an income tax and could balance

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  • Kansas individual income tax receipts +7% this year

    Kansas individual income tax receipts +7% this year0

    Media and special interests tend to take a tabloid headline approach to state revenues that de-emphasize or even ignores a lot of important information.  For starters, individual income tax receipts are 6.9 percent higher for the first two months of this fiscal year and almost $16 million above the estimate. Yes, total tax revenue is

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  • Media and highway contractors mislead again

    Media and highway contractors mislead again1

    Here’s another case of media letting its political views interfere with responsible journalism.  In keeping with many other media distortions about construction jobs this year, the Eagle editorial board today declared “Highway fund raids affecting jobs” citing data provided to them by Associated General Contractors showing that Kansas lost more construction jobs than any other

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  • 19 U.S. Senators promoting tyranny

    19 U.S. Senators promoting tyranny3

    Nineteen U.S. senators are working to destroy free speech and silence dissent, defying the Constitution they swore to defend and uphold.  Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and fifteen other Democrats took to the Senate floor last month to demonize their ‘enemies list’ of fossil fuel companies, think tanks and journalists for

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  • Olathe’s real spending increase is higher than explained

    Olathe’s real spending increase is higher than explained0

    The City of Olathe is proposing another big spending increase on pay and benefits, but you’d never know it from media reports.  According to the Kansas City Star, the city is only increasing spending by 4 percent, from $325.8 million to $339.3 million, but that isn’t exactly the case.  Those figures are inflated by fund

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