• Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy

    Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy0

    Challenges in the Kansas economy over the last few years have often been blamed on tax cuts, but such simplistic arguments are based on a logical fallacy – ‘A’ happened and ‘B’ happened, so ‘A’ caused ‘B’.  Attempting to ‘connect the dots’ in this manner may seem sensible (or even convenient for those who prefer

  • Pass-Through Exemption Helped Add 18,000 jobs in 2015

    Pass-Through Exemption Helped Add 18,000 jobs in 20152

    The pass-through exemption for LLCs, Sub-S corps, partnerships and proprietors helped add over 18,000 new jobs in 2015 while all other private employers had small declines.  New U.S. Census data shows employment at pass-through entities increased by almost 4 percent while the other major category – C-corps – declined by a half percent.   Kansas was

  • PEAK subsidy costs Kansas $48.5 million annually

    PEAK subsidy costs Kansas $48.5 million annually0

    Many Democrats and Republicans in the Kansas Legislature are pushing for a very large personal income tax increase as the primary method of balancing the budget over the next two years, but they’ve shown little interest in stopping most of the special tax breaks they give to select businesses and government retirees.  The PEAK subsidy

  • States that Spend Less, Tax Less…and Grow More

    States that Spend Less, Tax Less…and Grow More0

    The correlation is as strong today as when published in the Wall Street Journal back in 2012: states that spend less, tax less…and grow more. Data collected from various government agencies and compiled in KPI’s 2017 Green Book show the states that tax income spent 42 percent more per-resident in 2015 than the states without an

  • Kansas Private Sector Jobs Grew in 2016

    Kansas Private Sector Jobs Grew in 20160

    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%

  • 2017 Greenbook

    2017 Greenbook2

    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,