• Kansas lost $5.7 billion in private-sector GDP in 2020

    Kansas lost $5.7 billion in private-sector GDP in 20200

    Private-sector real GDP dropped 2.8% last year to $137.1 billion, more than wiping out a 1.2% gain in 2019.  Private-sector GDP, which is a measure of all finished goods and services, would have been $5.7 billion higher had it grown at the 2019 rate. The data comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is

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  • Kansas lost 4,000 private jobs, added 8,500 gov’t. jobs in 2Q

    Kansas lost 4,000 private jobs, added 8,500 gov’t. jobs in 2Q0

    4,000 private-sector jobs were lost in Kansas during the 2nd quarter of 2021, but 8,500 government jobs were added at the same time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Local units of government – mostly cities, counties, and school districts – added 6,000 jobs; state agencies and universities added 2,600, and federal jobs declined

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  • People ‘voting with their feet’ cost Kansas $2.9 billion

    People ‘voting with their feet’ cost Kansas $2.9 billion0

    People are continually ‘voting with their feet’ as they leave high tax states like Kansas, and that has taken $2.9 billion of adjusted gross income out of the state over the last seven reported years.  Indeed, the rate is increasing as  IRS migration data for the years 2013-2019 shows the net loss (In-Migration minus Out-Migration)

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  • Kansas has some of the nation’s highest property tax rates

    Kansas has some of the nation’s highest property tax rates0

    Our 2021 Green Book shows once again that Kansas has some of the highest property tax rates in the nation. Iola has the dubious distinction of having the highest effective tax rate on commercial property for rural areas in the nation.  A property valued at $1 million with $200,000 in fixtures pays over $61,000 in

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  • 2021 Green Book: Kansas is massively over-governed

    2021 Green Book: Kansas is massively over-governed0

    Kansas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, largely because we are massively over-governed. Kansas has 1,993 general purpose governments – cities, counties, and townships – serving about 2.9 million people.  That works out to 1,461 residents per government entity, whereas the national average is 8,448 per entity, and that’s the third-worst

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  • Kansas lost private-sector jobs in April

    Kansas lost private-sector jobs in April0

    The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas lost 1,300 private-sector jobs in April.  Three other states in the region – Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas – also lost jobs, while Missouri, Colorado and Texas had job gains. Every regional state remains below private employment levels reported two years ago in AprilREAD MORE