• Kansas can’t keep pace with over half of country on pandemic job recovery

    Kansas can’t keep pace with over half of country on pandemic job recovery0

    In October 2022, Kansas was on track to recover to January 2020 job levels by the end of this year. However, November’s job report fell flat on these expectations. The state lost 1,000 private-sector jobs, with a job growth rate worse than 41 other states. This month, Massachusetts and Oklahoma joined 27 other states that

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  • Kelly administration has $1.2 billion in unspent ARPA COVID-relief funds

    Kelly administration has $1.2 billion in unspent ARPA COVID-relief funds0

    While Kansas families and businesses are still struggling to recover from government-imposed shutdowns, COVID-19 restrictions, and inflation, the Kelly administration is sitting on $1.2 billion of unspent ARPA money.  Federal APRA money has specific limits on its usage, but in general, it’s used to make up for financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic or one-time

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  • Kansas still 19,500 jobs below pre-pandemic levels

    Kansas still 19,500 jobs below pre-pandemic levels0

    Topeka’s NBC outlet and the Kansas City Star pointed out the inaccuracy in Governor Laura Kelly’s recent claim: “I know that during the pandemic, that every place lost jobs, but we have restored those jobs and more.” A new month of Bureau of Labor Statistics data further undermines her claim. According to July’s job numbers,

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  • Excess tax collections are not good for taxpayers

    Excess tax collections are not good for taxpayers0

    Governor Laura Kelly is heralding tax collections exceeding expectations as a sign of “forward momentum” in the state’s economy, but that is a government-focused viewpoint.  The economic data tells a different story for taxpayers. In July 2022, the state of Kansas took in a total tax revenue of $586.2 million, 27.8% greater than the estimates

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  • 2022 Green Book: Spend Less, Tax Less, Grow More

    2022 Green Book: Spend Less, Tax Less, Grow More0

    Over the past year, legislators have painted a picture of Kansas as a booming economy, pointing to subsidized business development and continually high tax revenues – more a sign of over-taxation than prosperity – as indicators of growth. However, the data about Kansas’s economic performance relative to taxation in our 2022 Green Book tells a

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  • Declining April Jobs in Kansas Amidst Recession Fears

    Declining April Jobs in Kansas Amidst Recession Fears0

    The April Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas lost 100 private-sector jobs. Updated jobs numbers show that private-sector jobs in March were 3,000 more than what was estimated last month; previous job numbers are routinely updated in subsequent months to reflect more accurate data estimates for the time. At the same

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