• Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance

    Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance0

    It’s hard to believe the claim by KSDE that the second round of federal COVID relief funding – $830 million – to school districts will be used to change the way schools do business in the Sunflower State. In the required spending plan filed with the feds for receiving the additional funding, KSDE states: existing

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  • KDOR Misleads Lawmakers to Justify Kelly Tax Relief Veto

    KDOR Misleads Lawmakers to Justify Kelly Tax Relief Veto0

    For the third consecutive year, Governor Kelly has vetoed Congressional intent for Kansans to receive 100% of the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To help justify this veto, the Kansas Department of Revenue claimed Kansas was on track to lose $360 million from an expense deduction related to PPP loans.   But KDOR never

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  • Federal taxpayer bailout eclipses local payroll changes

    Federal taxpayer bailout eclipses local payroll changes0

    Governments in Kansas are slated to receive roughly $3.6 billion to cover for COVID-related losses under the latest federal bailout – AKA Biden’s American Rescue Plan. (That’s in addition to the $1.25 billion collected last year.) However, county, city, and school payroll changes are not only far smaller than the COVID bailout, they don’t the

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  • Lockdown effect means 57,000 fewer private jobs

    Lockdown effect means 57,000 fewer private jobs0

    In a single calendar year, roughly eight years of Kansas private job growth disappeared. Making matters worse, it occurred after the 2019 economy was already in a perilous position. With 2020 Private-sector job numbers released, Kansas lost roughly 10,000 more private jobs than initially estimated. As a recap, the monthly jobs reported from the Kansas

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  • Localities need belt-tightening, not a bailout

    Localities need belt-tightening, not a bailout0

    In weathering the COVID crisis, Congress seems determined to provide counties and cities with hundreds of billions of dollars in a taxpayer bailout. However, data from our 2020 Green Book highlights Kansans are massively over-governed well before the federal relief payments. If Kansas localities do not adjust their spending, the latest federal package will discourage

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  • The real cost of Government “free stuff”

    The real cost of Government “free stuff”0

    It is natural to want to wish away all the hardships and obstacles we face in life. Unfortunately, we know that life does not work out that way. There’s a cost for every decision we make. It applies to politics as well. President Biden & Governor Kelly believe a $1.9 trillion plan will do just

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