• August jobs report says no Kansas full recovery until 2021

    August jobs report says no Kansas full recovery until 20210

    Creating private-sector jobs is arguably the only remedy for the backlog of Kansans awaiting the state to process unemployment payouts. After losing over 120,000 private-sector jobs from the COVID-19 lockdown, the state could have fully recovered this month. However, every month since lockdown the state gained fewer and fewer private jobs. The August jobs report

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  • Small businesses re-plummet despite state economic planning

    Small businesses re-plummet despite state economic planning0

    To state the obvious, the Kansas state government blew the chance for a 2020 V-shaped economic recovery.  Despite evidence small business activity leads to a strong economy, state officials seem determined to undermine this engine of economic opportunity. Now, new data reveals the state’s anti-small business sentiment caused small business openings to re-plummet and extend

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  • Kansas recovery stalls three months after lockdown

    Kansas recovery stalls three months after lockdown0

    It has been three months since Gov. Kelly’s lockdown of businesses and force of Kansans to stay home. Though much of the shutdown has ended, the decision to close roughly 40% of the state’s economy has lingering effects. The state’s July jobs report is a testament to that fact.  Kansas’s private jobs recovery is massively

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  • STAR Bonds redirect jobs, not create them

    STAR Bonds redirect jobs, not create them0

    As Kansas desperately searches for ways to pull itself out of the COVID-19 depression, policymakers will undoubtedly consider economic development tools as an answer. Kansas Sales Tax Anticipation Revenue Bonds, or STAR Bonds, are some of the most notable tools at the disposal of state and local governments. However, the latest research suggests that policymakers

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  • Gov. Kelly plays politics with federal unemployment relief

    Gov. Kelly plays politics with federal unemployment relief0

    Gov. Kelly announced last week that she won’t consider temporary federal unemployment relief as stalled congressional COVID negotiations. In response to President Trump issuing his own executive orders, the Governor’s announced her own executive action on COVID and her changing COVID  economic response. Such actions strongly suggest she’d rather paper over the faults of her administration than

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  • Kansas ranks 41st on economic performance with repeated tax hikes

    Kansas ranks 41st on economic performance with repeated tax hikes0

    A new report shows Kansas is ranked 25th in the overall economic outlook, but economic performance falls to 41st fastest as tax increases take larger bites out of paychecks. These numbers are from the 13th edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States Poor States and show the harm of repeated tax hikes. The

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