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  • What does “dark store theory” debate mean for Kansas property taxes?

    What does “dark store theory” debate mean for Kansas property taxes?0

    Earlier this year, the Kansas Supreme Court sent a 2019 Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) decision back to BOTA, saying they should have reached their decision without considering the Court of Appeals in Prieb. The Supreme Court didn’t determine whether BOTA’s decision on the appraisal methodology is right or wrong, just that BOTA must reconsider

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  • Is your local government increasing property taxes this month?

    Is your local government increasing property taxes this month?0

    More than 1,300 local taxing authorities ranging from fire districts and cemeteries to cities, school districts, and counties across Kansas have announced that they will not raise property taxes this year. Those proposing increases will be hosting public hearings about whether to exceed their revenue-neutral rate. According to the Truth-in-Taxation law passed in 2021, taxing

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  • Megaproject and Government Spending Can’t Hide Anemic Job Growth

    Megaproject and Government Spending Can’t Hide Anemic Job Growth0

    Last month, Kansas gained 3,900 government jobs – almost as many as the 4,000 private-sector jobs advertised through the Panasonic megaproject and its taxpayer subsidies. Big government spending like a future megaproject can’t hide Kansas’s weak private sector jobs numbers. The June Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas gain 700 private

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  • Zoning Reform, Not Subsidies, Reduces Housing Costs

    Zoning Reform, Not Subsidies, Reduces Housing Costs0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly included in her proposed budget for FY 2022 a $20 million affordable housing subsidy. This policy is unlikely to lower the housing crisis/costs/etc. in the long run. Instead, it is yet another of this administration’s subsidies that is proposing a higher cost to taxpayers in exchange for insignificant change. The real

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  • Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs

    Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs0

    If you aren’t satisfied with the outcome after decades of effort, what makes you think that doing the same things over and over again will produce a different result? That’s certainly the case with student achievement in Kansas, as evidenced by the 2020 ACT scores. The average 2020 ACT score in Kansas declined for theREAD MORE