• $2 billion state payroll published on KansasOpenGov

    $2 billion state payroll published on KansasOpenGov0

    Payroll expenditures for the State of Kansas topped $2 billion for the first time last year and grew 4.5 percent over the previous year.  Higher education, which comprises more than half of the total, led the way with a 6.3 percent increase.  The balance of state payroll grew by 2.5 percent. KPI collects state payroll

  • Duane Goossen: Do as I say, not as I did

    Duane Goossen: Do as I say, not as I did0

    Former state budget director Duane Goossen, now employed by Kansas Action for Children, recently wrote, “The Kansas budget has been structurally unbalanced every year since the 2012/2013 tax cuts went into effect, putting the state in a highly precarious financial situation.”  The state does need to resolve the structural imbalance but it’s been around much

  • Why are property taxes so high?

    Why are property taxes so high?0

    Wichita taxpayers are footing the bill for a city-employed tennis professional to the tune of $102,000 annually. Topeka residents pay for two construction foremen fetching annual pay of $137,000 and $102,000. These are just two of the many head-scratching uses of citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars one can find at KansasOpenGov.org, our government transparency portal. The