• Surveying Small Businesses: COVID & Reopening the Kansas Economy

    Surveying Small Businesses: COVID & Reopening the Kansas Economy0

    Kansas business members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) were asked questions regarding their actions and expectations about the COVID crisis. The questions aim to gauge the level of urgency these businesses face in reopening and their greatest concerns moving forward; this paper summarizes and contextualizes their responses. The data suggests that most

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  • County Budgets Review: Bringing Savings to Families

    County Budgets Review: Bringing Savings to Families0

    It is an undeniable truth that Kansas has far too much government for a state of its population and economic size. Kansas’s ranking as the 2nd highest share of local government workers per capita means too many family resources are devoted to maintaining bloated public sector budgets. Therefore, we created a tool for Kansans to

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  • Unemployed Kansans surpass no-lockdown states

    Unemployed Kansans surpass no-lockdown states0

    Kansans are finally climbing out of the COVID-19 economic hole, but  headwinds remain due to the ongoing pandemic and government lockdowns. On the one hand, the state is gaining private jobs since April, but has 65,000 fewer private jobs than in June 2019. To make matters worse, Kansas is among the worst of neighbor states

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  • Green Book 2020: Kansas job growth abysmal before COVID-19

    Green Book 2020: Kansas job growth abysmal before COVID-190

    Kansas’ recent job losses may be driven by COVID-19 shutdowns and health impacts. However, findings from the Green Book 2020 say Kansas was in the economic doldrums long-before the COVID crisis. Kansas ended 2019 with the slowest job growth rate in Plains and the 43rd fastest growth in the country. According to the June jobs

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  • COVID Survey: Small businesses fighting for survival in Kansas

    COVID Survey: Small businesses fighting for survival in Kansas0

    “Exhausting financial resources before I can revive my business” “Customers are too scared to come out of their house” “Employees are not going to work because they can make more money on unemployment” These quotes from small business owners show their extreme frustration operating in today’s COVID environment. Findings from a COVID survey reveal many

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  • Green Book 2020: Understanding Kansas Property Tax Burdens

    Green Book 2020: Understanding Kansas Property Tax Burdens0

    Thomas Jefferson once coined the phrase, “Knowledge is power.” Through it, he conveyed a belief that if Americans want to govern their own lives, the power that comes from knowledge is the best path towards it. In following that spirit, our Green Book 2020 provides a wealth of knowledge in the burden of Kansas property

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