• County economies among the slowest in the nation

    County economies among the slowest in the nation0

    Like students receiving their semester report cards, counties in the U.S. recently received a similar assessment on their economic performance. Unfortunately, rather than being near the top, eight out of the ten most populous Kansas counties are among the slowest growing economies in the nation. In reviewing official estimates, it seems counties with higher rates

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  • Gov. Kelly promotes flawed “Three-Legged Stool” tax policy

    Gov. Kelly promotes flawed “Three-Legged Stool” tax policy0

    In their report to the 2020 Kansas legislature, Governor Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform promoted state tax policy with co-equal income, sales, and property taxes, a “three-legged stool.” However, upon further review, the flawed tax policy creates unstable budgets and encourages the government to decide who benefits from the wealth of others. Governor Kelly wished

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  • Kansas economy ranks 49th as government grows

    Kansas economy ranks 49th as government grows0

    Within the last year, Kansas has set a record budget, financed it with record tax hikes, and vowed to increase spending to even higher levels. Some think such a policy encourages economic success. However, the latest economic snapshots reveal the opposite; that ballooning government is crowding out private sector growth. The adjacent table summarizes the Bureau

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  • Will thousands more Kansans fall into the 2020 windfall veto trap?

    Will thousands more Kansans fall into the 2020 windfall veto trap?0

    Last year’s windfall veto meant a $65 million tax increase on 90,000 Kansas returns in 2019. However, data shows more Kansans will walk into the same tax trap by 2020. If unresolved, Gov. Kelly’s windfall veto could force a new 5,300 tax filers to pay higher state taxes every year. Let’s reiterate that – every year,

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  • Latest Medicaid expansion plan riddled with red flags & a “scam.”

    Latest Medicaid expansion plan riddled with red flags & a “scam.”0

    The latest Medicaid expansion plan has too many red flags without even getting to the program itself. Like other states, Kansas is unlikely to have the federal government approve the partial expansion. Yet if approved, it risks the solvency of national Medicaid, encourages tobacco smuggling and worsens the state budget. Policymakers should heed these signs and

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  • Income inequality is about choice not “fairness”

    Income inequality is about choice not “fairness”0

    Everyone from democratic presidential candidates to President Trump has some opinion on the concept of income inequality. In Kansas, Governor Kelly even commissioned a tax policy group with the stated intentions to combat inequality by distributing income in ways perceived more “fair”.  However, data from the U.S. Census Bureau strongly suggests differences in lifestyle choices

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