• 2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth

    2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth0

    A 2012 Wall Street Journal commentary about our tax and spending research entitled “States that Spend Less, Tax Less…and Grow More” made the case that efficient government is the key to keeping taxes low.  Our 2018 Green Book analysis published last week shows the relationship between less government and stronger economic growth is as strong as

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  • $2 billion 2017 Kansas payroll online

    $2 billion 2017 Kansas payroll online0

    The 2017 calendar year State of Kansas payroll listing is now open for public inspection at KansasOpenGov. The $1.969 billion listing was obtained in an Open Records request and includes every person who received a state paycheck. Higher education dominates the Top Ten Agency Payrolls. Kansas State University had the largest payroll at $332.1 million

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  • School funding plan requires big tax hike

    School funding plan requires big tax hike0

    Calculations provided by Kansas Legislative Research (KLRD) show the $525 million House school funding plan would require a $306 million tax increase next year and a $293 million transfer from the highway fund to comply with state law.  The following three years would require a $215 million tax increase and another $879 million transferred from

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • City and county payrolls jumped in 2017

    City and county payrolls jumped in 20170

    City and county payrolls in the state’s more populated areas grew much faster than inflation in 2017.  The seven counties listed in the adjacent table collectively had a 4.4 percent payroll increase and the ten cities increased payroll by 2.7 percent on average.  Inflation, by comparison, was just 1.7 percent. Kansas Policy Institute collects the

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  • County property tax nearly triples rate of inflation and population

    County property tax nearly triples rate of inflation and population0

    New data from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows county property tax assessed by Kansas’ 105 counties increased by 154 percent over the last 20 years.  That’s 2.6 times faster than the combined change in inflation (47 percent) and population (12 percent).  To put than in perspective, had property taxes just kept pace with inflation

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