• Surveying Small Businesses: COVID & Reopening the Kansas Economy

    Surveying Small Businesses: COVID & Reopening the Kansas Economy0

    Kansas business members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) were asked questions regarding their actions and expectations about the COVID crisis. The questions aim to gauge the level of urgency these businesses face in reopening and their greatest concerns moving forward; this paper summarizes and contextualizes their responses. The data suggests that most

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  • Who’s really in charge of how schools will reopen?

    Who’s really in charge of how schools will reopen?0

    The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has opened a can of worms and left Johnson County students and parents wondering how schools will reopen and what the beginning of the school year will look like. The JCDHE director, Samni Areola,  released recommendations for schools to follow as far as in-person and remote

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  • Kansas counties and cities hike taxes amidst COVID recession

    Kansas counties and cities hike taxes amidst COVID recession0

    As a “thank you” to Governor Kelly’s property tax reform veto, many Kansas county and city governments announced plans to raise taxes, making it harder for Kansans to earn a living and survive the impact of COVID-19. At a time of an economic depression, one would think tax hikes on family homes and businesses as

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  • Unemployed Kansans surpass no-lockdown states

    Unemployed Kansans surpass no-lockdown states0

    Kansans are finally climbing out of the COVID-19 economic hole, but  headwinds remain due to the ongoing pandemic and government lockdowns. On the one hand, the state is gaining private jobs since April, but has 65,000 fewer private jobs than in June 2019. To make matters worse, Kansas is among the worst of neighbor states

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  • Green Book 2020: Kansas job growth abysmal before COVID-19

    Green Book 2020: Kansas job growth abysmal before COVID-190

    Kansas’ recent job losses may be driven by COVID-19 shutdowns and health impacts. However, findings from the Green Book 2020 say Kansas was in the economic doldrums long-before the COVID crisis. Kansas ended 2019 with the slowest job growth rate in Plains and the 43rd fastest growth in the country. According to the June jobs

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  • COVID Survey: Small businesses fighting for survival in Kansas

    COVID Survey: Small businesses fighting for survival in Kansas0

    “Exhausting financial resources before I can revive my business” “Customers are too scared to come out of their house” “Employees are not going to work because they can make more money on unemployment” These quotes from small business owners show their extreme frustration operating in today’s COVID environment. Findings from a COVID survey reveal many

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