• 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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  • Pass-through entities drive job growth in Kansas

    Pass-through entities drive job growth in Kansas1

    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 not only shows they created jobs, pass-through entities actually created

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  • Media Ignores Some Good News in August Jobs Numbers

    Media Ignores Some Good News in August Jobs Numbers0

    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

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  • Media and highway contractors mislead again

    Media and highway contractors mislead again1

    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

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  • Kansas gradually becoming more competitive on job growth, June numbers show

    Kansas gradually becoming more competitive on job growth, June numbers show0

    Private sector jobs grew 4.1 percent over the last four years (June to June). While that is less than the national average of 8.9 percent, it is a better performance to the 50-state average than over the previous fourteen years. Private sector job growth for Kansas was only 2.2 percent between June 1998 and June

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