• 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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  • What was Really the Matter with the Kansas Tax Plan

    What was Really the Matter with the Kansas Tax Plan0

    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.

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  • 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

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