fbpx



  • State responses to Biden student loan decision

    State responses to Biden student loan decision0

    Last month, the Biden Administration announced a student loan debt forgiveness plan with a cap of $10,000 increasing to $20,000 if the student is a Pell Grant recipient. Though this was a federal decision, the impact in the states highlights how federal actions reverberate throughout the country. Billions in federal spending in the form of

    READ MORE
  • Tracking Kansas ARPA Funds

    Tracking Kansas ARPA Funds0

    Like a train barreling through town without brakes, inflation shows no sign of stopping soon, with prices in May of this year 8.6% higher than they were a year ago. What’s the cause? At least 80% of all dollars in the U.S. economy have been printed since January 2020 as part of a flood of

    READ MORE
  • Can February 2022 Kansas Jobs Numbers Help Slow Inflation?

    Can February 2022 Kansas Jobs Numbers Help Slow Inflation?0

    The February Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas gained 8,100 private-sector jobs. This represents a monthly job growth rate of 0.7%, which is slightly under the 0.9% growth rate in July 2021. This report contained revised numbers for previous months, bringing January 2022’s total job numbers down by 15,000 and increasing

    READ MORE
  • January 2022 Report Shows Job Growth in Kansas

    January 2022 Report Shows Job Growth in Kansas0

    The January Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas gained 5,100 private-sector jobs. This represents a monthly job growth rate of 0.4%, which is the fastest since July 2021. At the same rate of growth that Kansas has experienced since the start of 2021, the state will fully recover to its pre-pandemic

    READ MORE
  • What’s Causing Kansas Inflation?

    What’s Causing Kansas Inflation?0

    Whether at the gas pump or grocery store, Kansans are feeling the effects of high inflation. Prices in the region are about 7.9% higher than they were a year ago – the highest inflation the region has seen since at least the 1980s. What’s causing this inflation though and what policies, if any, could be

    READ MORE
  • Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions

    Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions0

    Truth in Accounting’s Financial State of the States for 2021 ranks Kansas 27th in fiscal health nationwide with an overall grade of a D. This rank is due to the state’s $7,500 burden per taxpayer to pay off its $6.7 billion in debt, including unfunded retirement benefit and pension plans. The state has “only set

    READ MORE