• Kansas Job Growth Rank Improves Post-Tax-Relief

    Kansas Job Growth Rank Improves Post-Tax-Relief0

    Kansas job growth rank is still better since the 2012 tax relief effort despite ongoing challenges in oil, agriculture and aerospace according to 2016 data just released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Kansas was ranked #40 among the states for Private Nonfarm job growth between 1998 and 2012 but has moved up to #37

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  • Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy

    Tax Cuts and the Kansas Economy0

    Challenges in the Kansas economy over the last few years have often been blamed on tax cuts, but such simplistic arguments are based on a logical fallacy – ‘A’ happened and ‘B’ happened, so ‘A’ caused ‘B’.  Attempting to ‘connect the dots’ in this manner may seem sensible (or even convenient for those who prefer

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  • Are you ready for another tax increase?

    Are you ready for another tax increase?0

    Unless legislators change their tax-and-spending-spree ways, Kansans have another big tax increase coming in the near future.  The nearly $500 million spending increase just approved for fiscal years 2017 through 2019 pushes General Fund spending to $6.609 billion; that’s $1.3 billion more than if spending had just been increased for inflation since FY 1995. Kansas

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  • Taxpayer Choice: Grow Government or Help Kids

    Taxpayer Choice: Grow Government or Help Kids0

    One good piece of news from the 2017 legislative session, amidst much bad news, is that, in the current tax year, individual taxpayers can now participate in the tax credit scholarship program to help low income kids escape some of the worst performing schools in the state. There is a $500,000 annual cap on contributions

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  • Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike

    Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike0

    As Kansans collect smaller paychecks this month because of the massive income tax hike passed by the Legislature, school districts’ lobbying arm is defending it as an ‘investment.’  The Kansas Association of School Boards recently said the tax increase “…has been defended by many as necessary to stabilize the budget and comply with a Supreme

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  • Kansas Schools Petulantly Demand $972 Million More

    Kansas Schools Petulantly Demand $972 Million More0

    Like students attempting to explain away a bad grade, school districts’ taxpayer-funded lawyers bombarded the State Supreme Court with a litany of excuses and rationalizations to justify their demand for another $972 million over the next two years.  Their June 30 brief to the Court says the Legislature’s increase of $195 million in the coming

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