• Kansas April jobs report suggests an economic free-fall

    Kansas April jobs report suggests an economic free-fall0

    During the worst of the public health crisis, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly locked in place the COVID-19 economic shock. That means state policy closed businesses and ended jobs longer than necessary. As a result, the April jobs report announced Kansas lost 130,400 total jobs. Analysis of this jobs report suggests the state economy is shrinking

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  • Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?

    Will Kansas unemployment benefits stall re-opening?0

    Kansas lockdown and social distancing rules to combat COVID-19 have led to massive unemployment. With claims for unemployment benefits hitting record levels, the state’s real unemployment rate is likely well above 10%. Governor Kelly must change unemployment benefits policy to encourage work. Otherwise, the full Kansas economic recovery from COVID-19 may not start until well

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  • Lawmakers can serve Kansans without Medicaid Expansion

    Lawmakers can serve Kansans without Medicaid Expansion0

    With Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle vowing the Kansas Senate will not take up Medicaid Expansion until the life amendment is on the ballot, some have claimed up to 150,000 Kansans could be at risk. However, research says that’s not true. All 150,000 Kansans can immediately get the services they need. Medicaid Expansion isn’t required.

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  • Gov. Kelly’s 2020 budget: Five things you should know

    Gov. Kelly’s 2020 budget: Five things you should know0

    Governor Kelly had an opportunity to exhibit fiscal restraint when presenting her budget last week. With state tax revenues coming in higher than expected – partly because of recent record tax hikes – the Kelly Administration missed a chance to build a structurally-balanced budget. Instead, this budget breaks a new record in spending for the

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  • Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap

    Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap0

    City and county officials often want Kansas homeowners and businesses to believe that they’ve “held the line” on property taxes. However, Kansans soon realize local officials spoke only of mill rates. Kansans’ property taxes continue to climb as local officials raise property valuations while not adjusting mill rates. The difference between that mill rate growth

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  • County economies among the slowest in the nation

    County economies among the slowest in the nation0

    Like students receiving their semester report cards, counties in the U.S. recently received a similar assessment on their economic performance. Unfortunately, rather than being near the top, eight out of the ten most populous Kansas counties are among the slowest growing economies in the nation. In reviewing official estimates, it seems counties with higher rates

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