• Truth in Taxation is a model for legislative change

    Truth in Taxation is a model for legislative change0

    Forcing local officials to be honest about the entire property tax increase they impose will save taxpayers hundreds of millions over time because city council members and county commissioners know they won’t stay in office if they vote for the big increases they quietly imposed in the past.  My recent joint column with my colleague

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  • 2019 school payroll: 679 employees in 29 districts paid over $100,000

    2019 school payroll: 679 employees in 29 districts paid over $100,0000

    School payroll listings totaling a little over $2 billion for 29 Kansas districts are available for download at KansasOpenGov.org and include 679 employees who were paid more than $100,000 during the 2019 school year. The school payroll listingss posted on KansasOpenGov.org are generally among the largest in Kansas and collectively represent 49% of total enrollment. 

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  • $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online

    $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online0

    City and county payrolls in the state’s more populated areas grew faster than inflation in 2018.  The nine counties with comparable data listed in the adjacent table collectively had a 3.5 percent payroll increase and the ten cities with comparable data increased payroll by 3.1 percent on average.  Inflation, by comparison, was just 1.9 percent.

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