Former Kansas governors’ definition of ‘fiscal health’ favors government over taxpayers

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

With generous in-kind campaign contributions from media, four former Kansas governors announced the formation of their political organization, intended to “restore Kansas back to fiscal health” by getting candidates elected who ostensibly share their viewpoint.  It’s all too common for politicians of both parties to stretch the truth (to put it kindly) but the sanctimonious hypocrisy in wanting to go … Read More

Kansas Makes Significant Income Gains over Missouri Post-Tax Reform

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Kansas’ income gains from Missouri have been quite dramatic since tax reform in 2012. This comes according to data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and analysis from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) showing a net positive amount of income flowing  into Kansas from Missouri starting in 2010 and continuing through 2014 (latest available data). After exceptionally strong, post-tax … Read More

Kansas private sector employment more competitive since 2012

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Contrary to hyperventilating political claims, Kansas’ private sector employment is slightly more competitive post-tax reform in comparison to other states with a personal income tax.  And aside from a few issues unrelated to state tax policy, private sector employment gains outpaced three of Kansas’ four neighboring states. Over the fourteen years preceding tax reform, Kansas private sector jobs grew 2.3 … Read More

Kansas economy outperformed the region through 3rd Quarter 2015

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Revised data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that the Kansas private sector economy outperformed the region through the first nine months of 2015 (the most current information available at this writing), and excluding two sectors driven by global factors, Kansas also outperformed for all of 2014.  The February Indicators of Kansas Economy (IKE) report from the Governor’s Council … Read More

Kansas More Competitive since Tax Reform

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The Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) is once again using specious methodology—this time on personal income—to advance its “higher-tax, higher-spending” agenda by saying personal income growth slowed after tax reform.  True to form, KCEG would not respond to our request to see their data. We attempted to reconstruct their schedule, but the data they purportedly used does not produce … Read More

Kansas gains new high-income residents

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

A new study from Center on the American Experiment shows that Kansas had positive net migration of households with incomes above $200,000 in 2014.  Author Peter J. Nelson analyzed IRS migration data of all 50 states for 2012 through 2014 in his report, which also shows a very positive shift in income migration for Kansas since income tax reform was … Read More