• 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: Taxing Remote Sales & Sports Gambling

    2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: Taxing Remote Sales & Sports Gambling0

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings this year, that authorizes states to legalize sports betting and tax out of state sales, policymakers see opportunities to increase government revenue and support more spending. However, the new taxing authority presents a different opportunity; reduce the tax burden on Kansas families. History has shown that

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  • November FY 2019: Sales Tax Stalls For Five Straight Months

    November FY 2019: Sales Tax Stalls For Five Straight Months0

    A well known economic “rule of thumb” is the concept that consumer purchases take up around 70% of the area’s economy. Therefore what does it say for Kansas’s economy if the tax from consumer purchases hasn’t grown for five straight months? The answer? It doesn’t say good things. The Kansas Policy Institute noticed the poor

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  • 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide Inbound

    2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide Inbound0

    You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. President Ronald Reagan President Reagan understood the best way government can help people is by providing better service at an affordable cost to the taxpayer. Nearly 30 years later, the Kansas Policy Institute found Kansans still hold

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  • Reports of Budget Surplus Ignore Imbalance

    Reports of Budget Surplus Ignore Imbalance0

    The State of Kansas is heading towards a cliff despite reports of budget surplus and campaign rhetoric. State budget analysts show Kansas deficit spending next year, and empty reserves by 2022. This is due to current levels of spending outpacing tax revenues. Something will have to give as the legislature and incoming governor decide how

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  • After Record Spending Vow, State Estimators Wager Robust Income Tax Growth

    After Record Spending Vow, State Estimators Wager Robust Income Tax Growth0

    The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group made their November predictions of the income and spending activity of Kansas families and businesses. They believed Kansas families will see incomes grow by a ludicrously high 6.5 percent rate or $216 million on top of what they already guessed for fiscal year 2019. Whether Kansans can support this growth

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  • October 2018 Report Shows Trend of Sales Tax Struggling

    October 2018 Report Shows Trend of Sales Tax Struggling0

    October 2018 taxes exceeded expectations for the fiscal year, tracking around 5 percentage points higher. Income tax is up and is the largest contributor to total tax collections being over estimates and last year. Sales tax is struggling again in October; the largest drag to total tax collection growth. You can see the tables below

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