• 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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  • Kelly’s order to delay school opening is unwarranted

    Kelly’s order to delay school opening is unwarranted0

    Governor Laura Kelly’s order to delay school opening until after Labor Day is simply unwarranted. Neither reason nor science supports such an overreach of authority. In making the ill-advised decision to delay reopening Kelly declared, “I can’t in good conscience open schools when cases in our state are at an all-time high and continuing to

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  • Use the special session to support taxpayers

    Use the special session to support taxpayers0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly called legislators back for a special session starting tomorrow, ostensibly to deal with COVID-related issues.  But they already did so, and quite effectively.  House Bill 2054 provided legislative oversight to Kelly’s emergency management authority and spending federal COVID funds, and also provided much-needed liability protection for healthcare workers and businesses. Kelly

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  • Governor Kelly’s vetoes showed her disdain for taxpayers

    Governor Kelly’s vetoes showed her disdain for taxpayers0

    Remember Governor Laura Kelly’s campaign promises of bipartisanship, transparency, and doing what’s right for the people of Kansas?  Observing her in the legislature over the years made clear it was hogwash, and that it would only be a matter of time before showing her true colors.  Her recent vetoes did exactly that. This isn’t a

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  • Will Kansas legislators show up for work on Thursday?

    Will Kansas legislators show up for work on Thursday?0

    Kansas legislators return for a critical, one-day wrap-up session on Thursday, May 21 after an extended COVID-induced Spring Break.  Typically, it’s mostly a ceremonial day that many legislators willfully choose to miss.  This year is different, however.  House and Senate members will be dealing with a host of serious issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic,

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  • School budgets: savings opportunities abound

    School budgets: savings opportunities abound0

    Last week we explained why we believe education budgets shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts.  In short, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ when the state is facing upwards of a $1 billion budget deficit next year and K-12 consumes about half of General Fund spending. Today we’ll explore some of the many school

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