• Kansas budget can be balanced without tax hikes

    Kansas budget can be balanced without tax hikes0

    Yes, that’s right, the Kansas budget can be balanced without a tax increase.  But first, here’s some background to put the situation in perspective. When the Legislature raised the sales tax rate in 2015 as part of the largest tax hike in Kansas history, many legislators, special interests and media expressed outrage at the impact

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  • New business filings sets another record in Kansas

    New business filings sets another record in Kansas1

    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

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  • Kansas job rank improves after tax reform

    Kansas job rank improves after tax reform0

    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

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  • Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

    Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism0

    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

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  • Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news

    Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news1

    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

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  • September Jobs Numbers Show Kansas Continuing To Become More Competitive Post-Tax Reform

    September Jobs Numbers Show Kansas Continuing To Become More Competitive Post-Tax Reform0

    Kansas has a long history of trailing 50-state average job growth, but—as the adjacent table shows—it has become gradually more competitive in the four years since 2012 than it was in the fourteen years prior to 2012. Private sector jobs grew almost twice as fast over the last four years (3.6 percent vs 2.0) and

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