• Subsidies give Kansas the highest effective tax rates on mature businesses

    Subsidies give Kansas the highest effective tax rates on mature businesses0

    Some state and local officials believe that subsidies – taxpayer handouts to a few, select businesses – are the way to grow an economy, but most people know that picking winners is, by default, also picking losers.  A new study from the Tax Foundation makes that crystal clear. “Tax burdens in Kansas are slightly below

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  • Kelly admin consciously deceived legislators, taxpayers

    Kelly admin consciously deceived legislators, taxpayers0

    An Open Records request and public pressure from KPI and our media outlet, the Sentinel, compelled Governor Laura Kelly’s Department of Revenue to tacitly confirm that they consciously deceived legislators and taxpayers. As the Sentinel first reported, Kelly’s Secretary of Revenue Mark Burghart and her Budget Director Adam Proffitt made an unsubstantiated claim on March

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  • PRO Act is another Biden middle class tax increase

    PRO Act is another Biden middle class tax increase0

    President Joe Biden promised to not increase taxes on the middle class, but his gift to organized labor, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), has the same impact as a tax increase on millions of Americans.  The PRO Act does not protect anyone’s right to organize; those rights already exist.  Quite the

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  • Truth in Taxation is a model for legislative change

    Truth in Taxation is a model for legislative change0

    Forcing local officials to be honest about the entire property tax increase they impose will save taxpayers hundreds of millions over time because city council members and county commissioners know they won’t stay in office if they vote for the big increases they quietly imposed in the past.  My recent joint column with my colleague

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  • An Open Resignation Letter to the Kansas Policy Institute

    An Open Resignation Letter to the Kansas Policy Institute0

    To the Kansas Policy Institute Team, With considerable thought and sentiment, I am announcing my resignation from the Kansas Policy Institute (KPI). I joined the Kansas Policy Institute nearly three years ago with excitement, but more importantly, humility. The need for reform was clear. Kansas governments continued to aggressively expand at the expense of Kansas

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  • KDOR Misleads Lawmakers to Justify Kelly Tax Relief Veto

    KDOR Misleads Lawmakers to Justify Kelly Tax Relief Veto0

    For the third consecutive year, Governor Kelly has vetoed Congressional intent for Kansans to receive 100% of the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To help justify this veto, the Kansas Department of Revenue claimed Kansas was on track to lose $360 million from an expense deduction related to PPP loans.   But KDOR never

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