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  • Don’t Fumble Taxpayer Cash with Kansas Stadium Subsidies

    Don’t Fumble Taxpayer Cash with Kansas Stadium Subsidies0

    Patrick Mahomes has taken the Chiefs to new heights with good decisions under pressure. Kansas taxpayers should follow his lead and be deeply skeptical of subsidies for a new stadium west of State Line Road. Both the Chiefs and their Truman Sports Complex neighbors the Royals see their stadium leases expire after the 2030-31 season,

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  • SB 347: The Mother of All Subsidies

    SB 347: The Mother of All Subsidies0

    The government version of Einstein’s supposed definition of insanity (doing the same things over and over at a much higher cost and expecting different outcomes) is the theme of Senate Bill 347 (SB 347).  State and local officials have long embraced subsidies as the primary tool for economic growth despite the fact that Kansas is

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  • November 2021 Jobs: Slow Pandemic Recovery Continues

    November 2021 Jobs: Slow Pandemic Recovery Continues0

    The November Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Kansas gained 2,400 private-sector jobs. This is a 0.2% increase from last month’s job numbers and is the slowest rate of job growth since June of this year. At the rate of growth that Kansas has experienced since the start of 2021, the state

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  • Subsidies Do Not Equal Economic Growth in Kansas

    Subsidies Do Not Equal Economic Growth in Kansas0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor David Toland have used high investments in Kansas to argue for a booming economy. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Much of the investment has been bought through government subsidies in the form of bonds. Schwan’s new pizza plant in Salina is financed by

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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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  • Subsidies give Kansas the highest effective tax rates on mature businesses

    Subsidies give Kansas the highest effective tax rates on mature businesses0

    Some state and local officials believe that subsidies – taxpayer handouts to a few, select businesses – are the way to grow an economy, but most people know that picking winners is, by default, also picking losers.  A new study from the Tax Foundation makes that crystal clear. “Tax burdens in Kansas are slightly below

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