• Kansas Regulations Stifle Competition and Burden Families

    Kansas Regulations Stifle Competition and Burden Families0

    Government plays many roles in helping Americans pursue their interests and achieve the American Dream. One such role is balancing business regulations to ensure consumer safety while still encouraging entrepreneurship. Unfortunately for Kansas, it takes four and a half weeks (180 full-time hours) to read all business regulations and restrictions. Fortunately, this burden pales in

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  • New county data underscores struggling Kansas economy

    New county data underscores struggling Kansas economy0

    Prototype county-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows deep pockets of concern for the Kansas economy.  The data covers the years 2012 through 2015, showing only 58 of the state’s 105 counties had GDP gains for the private sector, compared to 90 counties showing gains for government GDP. 

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  • A $2 Billion Tax Increase Inbound: How Would It Impact You?

    A $2 Billion Tax Increase Inbound: How Would It Impact You?0

    Have you heard of the incoming tax increase? To maintain a statutorily required 7.5% ending balance, policymakers must find a way to close a $2 billion gap and slow the rate of state spending. The overspending includes an initial $1.3 billion shortfall , a $115 million KPERS payment, and the $270 million in new demands

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  • Solving the Kansas Budget Crisis

    Solving the Kansas Budget Crisis0

    Simply removing the Governor’s proposal won’t solve the state budget. Policymakers must find a way to reduce spending by roughly $518 million over four years. We’ve written previously on the Kansas budget debate with a clear-eyed look at the impact of different proposals. The key moving forward is to close the gap remaining in the

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  • Kansas’s Spending Problem Makes Tax Increases Unavoidable

    Kansas’s Spending Problem Makes Tax Increases Unavoidable0

    Kansans have a strong desire for their legislators to focus on efficiency when it comes to state spending, this from the latest poll of Kansas voters. This isn’t to say Kansans wish to see spending cut with abandon. Kansans want a focus on public benefits when considering the budget. Unfortunately, it’s been hard to find

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  • It’s Official: Governor’s Budget Sets Up A $1.3 Billion Tax Increase

    It’s Official: Governor’s Budget Sets Up A $1.3 Billion Tax Increase0

    Governor Kelly’s claim to balance the budget without raising taxes certainly sounds appealing and has been met with lots of media coverage. However, the latest from state researchers shows little stops a $1.3 billion tax hike from hitting Kansans in four years. In November, we reported figures from the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) showing

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