New business filings sets another record in Kansas

Dave TrabertTax & Spending1 Comment

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reports new business filings set another record in 2016.  There were 18,147 new domestic business filings last year and the total number of entities in existence also set another record at 187,305.  The number of entities in existence does not include proprietorships. It’s noteworthy that both the number of new filings and total entities … Read More

Kansas job rank improves after tax reform

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The first three years after reducing income taxes saw the Kansas job rank improve nicely according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Over the fourteen years leading up to 2012, private sector jobs grew by 6.3 percent and that growth rate ranked #41 among the states.  But in the three years since income taxes were reduced Kansas’ growth … Read More

Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The Kansas tax proposal in House Bill 2023 would significantly raise taxes on many Kansas small businesses and would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.   Legislators and others who support House Bill 2023 say the 2012 tax cut for partnerships, proprietorships, Sub-S corps, and LLC is a fairness issue and everyone should pay income tax.  But while the … Read More

Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news

Dave TrabertEducation, Tax & Spending

Fake news stories on the presidential election outperformed real news on Facebook according to a story recently published by online news site BuzzFeed and mainstream media, including CBS News, jumped all over it.  Even President Obama chimed in, saying that fake news “threatens democracy;” apparently saying “you can keep your doctor if you want” doesn’t count as ‘fake news.’  The Washington … Read More

Pass-through entities drive job growth in Kansas

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Without any data to back their claims, opponents of Kansas’ tax reform maintain that owners of so-called pass-through entities (businesses not organized as regular C-Corporations) haven’t created jobs since their pass-through income was exempt from state income tax beginning in 2013.  But U.S. Census data from their County Business Patterns (CBP) database not only shows they created jobs, pass-through entities … Read More

Media Ignores Some Good News in August Jobs Numbers

Patrick ParkesTax & Spending

Bleak media reports highlighting a nonfarm jobs decline of 8,700 in Kansas since last August neglected to mention some good news. The Wichita metro area and the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area[1] each added jobs over the period. The table below also shows a potential silver lining to be had depending on one’s perspective. Non-farm jobs totals … Read More

Media and highway contractors mislead again

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Here’s another case of media letting its political views interfere with responsible journalism.  In keeping with many other media distortions about construction jobs this year, the Eagle editorial board today declared “Highway fund raids affecting jobs” citing data provided to them by Associated General Contractors showing that Kansas lost more construction jobs than any other state in July.  AGC members … Read More

Former Kansas governors’ definition of ‘fiscal health’ favors government over taxpayers

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

With generous in-kind campaign contributions from media, four former Kansas governors announced the formation of their political organization, intended to “restore Kansas back to fiscal health” by getting candidates elected who ostensibly share their viewpoint.  It’s all too common for politicians of both parties to stretch the truth (to put it kindly) but the sanctimonious hypocrisy in wanting to go … Read More