Kansas Private Sector Jobs Grew in 2016

Dave TrabertTax & SpendingLeave a Comment

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show 9,100 private sector jobs were added in Kansas last year.[i]  Preliminary reports showed Kansas with small job losses last year but BLS updates prior years’ data each March, and now shows Kansas with a small gain. While growth was positive, the annual growth rate of 0.8% was suppressed by ongoing economic … Read More

2017 Greenbook

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis saw states as “laboratories of democracy” conducting “experiments” in public policy. Today, more than eight decades after Brandeis coined the phrase, state experimentation with tax policy makes it abundantly clear that tax policy has a direct impact on economic growth. As shown on page 27 for the 2017 Greenbook, each of the eleven states … Read More

Kansas budget can be balanced without tax hikes

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Yes, that’s right, the Kansas budget can be balanced without a tax increase.  But first, here’s some background to put the situation in perspective. When the Legislature raised the sales tax rate in 2015 as part of the largest tax hike in Kansas history, many legislators, special interests and media expressed outrage at the impact on the poor and the … Read More

New business filings sets another record in Kansas

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reports new business filings set another record in 2016.  There were 18,147 new domestic business filings last year and the total number of entities in existence also set another record at 187,305.  The number of entities in existence does not include proprietorships. It’s noteworthy that both the number of new filings and total entities … Read More

Kansas job rank improves after tax reform

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The first three years after reducing income taxes saw the Kansas job rank improve nicely according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Over the fourteen years leading up to 2012, private sector jobs grew by 6.3 percent and that growth rate ranked #41 among the states.  But in the three years since income taxes were reduced Kansas’ growth … Read More

Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The Kansas tax proposal in House Bill 2023 would significantly raise taxes on many Kansas small businesses and would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.   Legislators and others who support House Bill 2023 say the 2012 tax cut for partnerships, proprietorships, Sub-S corps, and LLC is a fairness issue and everyone should pay income tax.  But while the … Read More

Coverage of proposed $820 million tax hike loaded with media bias

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

News coverage of a recently-proposed $820 million tax hike in Kansas was a case study in the many ways that media bias influences public opinion.  The unions, highway contractors and others pushing the idea were not challenged on their many undocumented claims, and even though the proponents all stood to gain from higher taxes, media failed to challenge the notion that … Read More

$820 million tax hike not necessary

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

An $820 million tax hike was proposed by special interest groups last week so that Kansas government can continue to operate very inefficiently and those who profit from excess government spending can grab more of your money.  That’s not how they describe it, of course; they claim that government couldn’t possibly survive without a massive tax increase, the wealthy should … Read More

Government’s Entitlement Mentality – Part 2

Patrick ParkesEducation, Tax & Spending

Government efforts to justify higher taxes while already spending more than necessary to provide essential services amounts to a direct assault on individuals’ economic freedom, and that’s what the Kansas Association of School Boards did last week.  The first installment of their three-part series attempted to make the case that Kansas’ personal income is growing slower than the national average, … Read More