• Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?

    Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?0

    Kansas lockdown and social distancing rules to combat COVID-19 have led to massive unemployment. With claims for unemployment benefits hitting record levels, the state’s real unemployment rate is likely well above 10%. Governor Kelly must change unemployment benefits policy to encourage work. Otherwise, the full Kansas economic recovery from COVID-19 may not start until well

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  • Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 1

    Kansas Consensus Undervalues COVID Economic Impact – Part 10

    Recently, state forecasters predicted a substantial reduction in state tax revenues as an economic impact of COVID-19. However, comparisons to the Great Recession as well as state forecasters’ history of projections can give key insights. They suggest the state government will have another off-target tax revenue prediction. On April 20th, economists and analysts from the

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  • Kansas lockdown shrinks economy, needs post-COVID-19 reforms

    Kansas lockdown shrinks economy, needs post-COVID-19 reforms0

    Governor Kelly extended her statewide lockdown into May amidst signs that 25% of small businesses feel they are weeks away from closing permanently.  Now, new data details how difficult it’s been for Kansas businesses and families to make ends meet. According to these estimates, COVID-19 and, in no small part, government lockdowns have closed half

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  • Post-COVID Recovery Plan

    Post-COVID Recovery Plan0

    As the “peak” of the COVID-19 crisis nears, and passes, it will be increasingly important to look to what comes next. To look at how and when Kansans get back to work, how students are educated, and how state and local governments should respond. The plan outlined below represents a series of ideas – some

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  • Government policy Kansans need to combat COVID-19

    Government policy Kansans need to combat COVID-190

    There’s been a flurry of government action to keep up with the rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak. Action is certainly needed and great care should be taken to balance stopping the spread of the virus while limiting lasting negative economic or constitutional impacts. Governor Kelly has already taken some steps towards that end such as and

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  • Kansas 2019 Private Jobs Grows Slower Than Expected

    Kansas 2019 Private Jobs Grows Slower Than Expected0

    The final 2019 private jobs numbers are in and Kansas has underperformed. Despite assurances that Kansas was in a state of rebuilding, Kansas gained roughly 6,000 private jobs or 0.5% over 2018 levels. This job growth is the 3rd slowest job gain since the beginning of the Brownback Administration. Earlier this month, we reported signs

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