• Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster

    Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster0

    Early this month, Governor Kelly testified to Congress, asking for federal bailouts of Kansas’ billion-dollar budget shortfall. However, bailing out Kansas’s budget shortfall cements poor fiscal management, puts Kansans at financial risk, and hastens a federal fiscal disaster. According to the Kansas Legislative Research Department, Kansas went from an ending balance of $1.1 billion in

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  • Gov. Kelly plays politics with federal unemployment relief

    Gov. Kelly plays politics with federal unemployment relief0

    Gov. Kelly announced last week that she won’t consider temporary federal unemployment relief as stalled congressional COVID negotiations. In response to President Trump issuing his own executive orders, the Governor’s announced her own executive action on COVID and her changing COVID  economic response. Such actions strongly suggest she’d rather paper over the faults of her administration than

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  • Kansas ranks 41st on economic performance with repeated tax hikes

    Kansas ranks 41st on economic performance with repeated tax hikes0

    A new report shows Kansas is ranked 25th in the overall economic outlook, but economic performance falls to 41st fastest as tax increases take larger bites out of paychecks. These numbers are from the 13th edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States Poor States and show the harm of repeated tax hikes. The

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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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  • Kansas counties and cities hike taxes amidst COVID recession

    Kansas counties and cities hike taxes amidst COVID recession0

    As a “thank you” to Governor Kelly’s property tax reform veto, many Kansas county and city governments announced plans to raise taxes, making it harder for Kansans to earn a living and survive the impact of COVID-19. At a time of an economic depression, one would think tax hikes on family homes and businesses as

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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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