• Kansas still below pre-pandemic job numbers despite private job growth

    Kansas still below pre-pandemic job numbers despite private job growth0

    Kansas is still 6,500 jobs below January 2020 levels despite private job growth in October 2022. While 27 other states across the country have fully recovered to their pre-pandemic job levels. Combined with a record-low labor force participation rate, Kansas still has a lot of room to improve its economy. In October, Kansas gained 8,000

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  • Kansas keeps getting duped by economic development schemes

    Kansas keeps getting duped by economic development schemes0

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Kansas elected officials keep getting duped by economic development schemes, with politicians of both parties willing to give out hundreds of millions of dollars with poor oversight. Wichita and Coffey County are currently competing for a megaproject by Integra Technologies, with details about

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  • Inaccurate revenue estimates aren’t a sign for more spending

    Inaccurate revenue estimates aren’t a sign for more spending0

    Kansas’s spending season is on the horizon, and the state’s tax revenue will play a big part in determining how much taxpayer money is spent by Topeka. The latest data continue the streak of breaking revenue estimates, but shouldn’t be interpreted as a reason for big spending. In October 2022, the state of Kansas took

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  • Kansas needs more accurate tax revenue estimates

    Kansas needs more accurate tax revenue estimates0

    Most Kansans have probably heard claims recently about the state’s “booming” economy. Aside from the false claims that massive government mega-subsidies equal economic growth (they don’t) or that the state’s job market is thriving (Kansas is now in a minority of states that haven’t recovered their pre-pandemic jobs), it’s easy to look at Kansas continually

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  • Fewer government workers gives Kansans room to grow

    Fewer government workers gives Kansans room to grow0

    September was another unexceptional month for Kansas’s jobs: the Sunflower State ranked in the bottom half nationwide for growth and is now in the minority of states that still haven’t fully recovered to pre-pandemic private-sector job numbers. Reducing the size of government and government workers is an opportunity to give Kansans more opportunity in the

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  • Governor Kelly Ranked “C” in Fiscal Policy: ranked below nearby governors

    Governor Kelly Ranked “C” in Fiscal Policy: ranked below nearby governors0

    This year, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly earned a C on the Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors for 2022. The gradings were calculated from seven variables including the growth of general fund spending, the approval or veto of tax reform, and changes in income and sales tax rates from 2020 and beyond

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