• Kansas Tax Experiment – Not a cautionary tale but lessons to be learned

    Kansas Tax Experiment – Not a cautionary tale but lessons to be learned0

    Tax relief opponents have repeatedly pointed to the 2012 Kansas tax experiment as their primary example of why tax cuts do not work. But, other states like North Carolina, Indiana, and Tennessee contemporaneously, and successfully, cut taxes. What was different about the Kansas experience? Kansas has had high taxes and slow growth for fifty years.

  • Medicaid Expansion Crushes State Budgets

    Medicaid Expansion Crushes State Budgets0

    So far, Kansas has avoided Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and whether one’s focus is on avoiding more tax increases or diversion of funding for education and other services, that’s a very good thing.  A new study published by the Foundation for Government Accountability explains How Obamacare is Bankrupting Taxpayers and includes these key findings: States

  • Kansas Job Growth Rank Improves Post-Tax-Relief

    Kansas Job Growth Rank Improves Post-Tax-Relief0

    Kansas job growth rank is still better since the 2012 tax relief effort despite ongoing challenges in oil, agriculture and aerospace according to 2016 data just released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Kansas was ranked #40 among the states for Private Nonfarm job growth between 1998 and 2012 but has moved up to #37

  • Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy

    Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy0

    Challenges in the Kansas economy over the last few years have often been blamed on tax cuts, but such simplistic arguments are based on a logical fallacy – ‘A’ happened and ‘B’ happened, so ‘A’ caused ‘B’.  Attempting to ‘connect the dots’ in this manner may seem sensible (or even convenient for those who prefer

  • Pretty Prairie Residents Reject Property Tax Hike

    Pretty Prairie Residents Reject Property Tax Hike0

    A Hutchinson News report stating “Voters in Pretty Prairie soundly defeated a ballot question that would have authorized higher property taxes this fall to support the 2018 city budget” marks a significant victory for voter empowerment in Kansas.  Legislation passed in 2016 allows citizens to begin voting this year on whether, with many exceptions, property

  • Are you ready for another tax increase?

    Are you ready for another tax increase?0

    Unless legislators change their tax-and-spending-spree ways, Kansans have another big tax increase coming in the near future.  The nearly $500 million spending increase just approved for fiscal years 2017 through 2019 pushes General Fund spending to $6.609 billion; that’s $1.3 billion more than if spending had just been increased for inflation since FY 1995. Kansas