• STAR Bonds redirect jobs, not create them

    STAR Bonds redirect jobs, not create them0

    As Kansas desperately searches for ways to pull itself out of the COVID-19 depression, policymakers will undoubtedly consider economic development tools as an answer. Kansas Sales Tax Anticipation Revenue Bonds, or STAR Bonds, are some of the most notable tools at the disposal of state and local governments. However, the latest research suggests that policymakers

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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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  • No Oversight for Kansas Discretionary Spending

    No Oversight for Kansas Discretionary Spending0

    The State of Kansas has 600 million reasons to review its discretionary spending of funds allocated to public and some private organizations. However, policy makers rarely hold any expectations of what the spending should achieve. As the Honorable Maurice P. McTigue of George Mason University puts it, Without clear expectations of results, neither elected officials nor

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  • 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: How Kansas Can Recognize Inefficiencies

    2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: How Kansas Can Recognize Inefficiencies0

    This policy proposal is part of the Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government’s 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide. Find more proposals here. “The problem with government is not in the things it tries, but in the absence of any mechanism for recognizing error.” – Milton Friedman Economist Milton Friedman easily summarized that without an appropriate check and

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  • Hey, state board, where are the state assessment results?

    Hey, state board, where are the state assessment results?0

    Indeed, it is now October and the 2018 state assessment results – tests that were taken by students last spring – have yet to be released to the public. Since the information is there – students and families have long been given individual results and even teachers have them for upcoming parent-teacher conferences – why

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