• Kansas 2019 Private Jobs Grows Slower Than Expected

    Kansas 2019 Private Jobs Grows Slower Than Expected0

    The final 2019 private jobs numbers are in and Kansas has underperformed. Despite assurances that Kansas was in a state of rebuilding, Kansas gained roughly 6,000 private jobs or 0.5% over 2018 levels. This job growth is the 3rd slowest job gain since the beginning of the Brownback Administration. Earlier this month, we reported signs

  • Kansas media spins job growth

    Kansas media spins job growth0

    Kansas is on track to gain fewer than 4,000 private sector jobs this year. For context, that is the 2nd slowest yearly growth since The Great Recession ended in 2009. What’s worse, is that most Kansans media outlets willfully ignore this fact.  Instead, since Governor Kelly has been in office, the media reports rosy and

  • Kansas economy ranks 49th as government grows

    Kansas economy ranks 49th as government grows0

    Within the last year, Kansas has set a record budget, financed it with record tax hikes, and vowed to increase spending to even higher levels. Some think such a policy encourages economic success. However, the latest economic snapshots reveal the opposite; that ballooning government is crowding out private sector growth. The adjacent table summarizes the Bureau

  • Three Signs of Kansas Government Growth

    Three Signs of Kansas Government Growth0

    How much government is too much for Kansas? Three straight years of income tax increases are sending the state budget to another historical high. However, three signs suggest that bigger is not always better. Three signs; jobs, personal income, and purchases, that link government growth to a stagnant Kansas economy. The legislature approved, and the

  • “Hope” Leads to Work & Opportunity

    “Hope” Leads to Work & Opportunity0

    Taxpayer-funded programs that combat poverty should operate in ways that create a pathway to economic independence. As such, welfare reforms, like the Hope Act and other efforts, truly benefitted low-income Kansans by encouraging work and lowering poverty rates. Increasing handouts, in contrast, trapped more Kansans into government dependency, stifling their potential success and self-reliance. Kansas

  • Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book

    Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book0

    Some of Kansas’s low economic performance may be tied to the fact that property taxes are growing too fast. In fact, 65 KS counties saw triple-digit property tax growth despite their populations shrinking. The Lincoln Land Institute found that Iola, KS has the highest rural property tax rate in the nation. By contrast, there is