• What was Really the Matter with the Kansas Tax Plan

    What was Really the Matter with the Kansas Tax Plan0

    Tax relief opponents have repeatedly pointed to the 2012 Kansas tax experiment as their primary example of why tax cuts do not work. But, other states like North Carolina, Indiana, and Tennessee contemporaneously, and successfully, cut taxes. What was different about the Kansas experience? Kansas has had high taxes and slow growth for fifty years.

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  • School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes

    School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent Gannon school funding ruling, if endorsed by legislators, would cause devastating tax hikes on top of record-setting tax increases just passed.  The Court cited vast differences between the new money appropriated by the Legislature ($293 million more in FY 2019) and the amount demanded by school districts (at least $1.7

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  • 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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