December Jobs Update

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December’s private-sector jobs numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are available, and they show some positive growth in Kansas. To echo previous blogs in this series, there is an obvious short-sighted limitation to looking at jobs numbers for a single month in 2014 and comparing them to that same month in 2013. Namely, the numbers for a given … Read More

Steve Anderson on Healing the Kansas Budget

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Steve Anderson, budget director for three years under Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, talks about billions of dollars that are collected and spent by the state that don’t show up in the budget citizens see. According to Anderson the budgeting process needs to be more transparent so citizens can see the large sums of money collected from taxpayers that are carried … Read More

KCEG / ITEP report on tax fairness uses flawed methodology

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A ‘tax fairness’ report released this week released by the Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) contains a number of serious flaws, as explained in the following analysis from The Tax Foundation’s Joe Henchman. “This week, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released their fifth edition of Who Pays. While the … Read More

November Jobs Update

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New private-sector jobs numbers for November from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that job growth in Kansas has returned to a growth rate in line with its pace for most of 2014 after the appearance of a growth surge in October. October’s update cautioned against assessing job growth in year-to-year, single-month snapshots for this very reason. Specifically, looking … Read More

Responsible journalists don’t choose sides

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A recent commentary by the Kansas City Star’s Yael Abouhalkah is another sad example of media not allowing facts to get in the way of their personal political beliefs.  The author noted that individual income tax collections for the first four months of the current fiscal year (July through October) are $258 million less than in 2012 and angrily says … Read More

Debunking distorted claims about tax reform and the Kansas budget

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The executive directors of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth (Annie McKay) and the Kansas Economic Progress Council (Bernie Koch) are going around the state with a presentation entitled “The Impacts of Kansas’ Changing Tax Policy.”  School districts in Dodge City, Garden City and Clearwater hosted the events.  It was decidedly partisan and from the perspective of people opposed to … Read More

Opponents should attempt to persuade instead of simply dismiss

James FrankoTax & Spending

I’ve never understood why proponents of a position can hardly deign to engage people with whom they disagree. Easier to stamp the opposition as “nonsense” or claim that public demands for accountability are “over the top” than actually treat others’ arguments as having any merit. Shouldn’t opposition, skepticism, or honest question be greeted as an opportunity to engage and persuade … Read More

Budget “Off The Tops” Bad Policy

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Direct transfers of taxpayer money sent to a specific business or industry is always a tough sell to politicians, let alone the voting public. But, that is why some corporations pay lots of money to lobbyists. If we can’t get a company more revenue (via a taxpayer-funded payment) why don’t we lower their expenses via a tax loophole that lowers … Read More