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  • 2021 Kansas Payrolls: $2.26 billion

    2021 Kansas Payrolls: $2.26 billion0

    Kansas payrolls for employees at state agencies and universities totaled $2.26 billion during the 2021 calendar year, including $33.8 million on overtime. Compared to 2020, total pay was 0.3% greater while overtime was 14.2% greater. Complete records on total pay and overtime for state employees can be found on KansasOpenGov.org. The amounts listed in total

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  • Ideas for ARPA and Kansas Revenue Cash Pile

    Ideas for ARPA and Kansas Revenue Cash Pile0

    Kansas sits on a massive influx in taxpayer cash. By June, the state’s ending balance is expected to hold a $3 billion surplus as monthly tax revenues continually exceed expectations. On top of this, the state also has its second round of federal ARPA relief funds hitting coffers in May. Kansas isn’t unique in this

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  • Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims

    Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims0

    Deputy Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander last week told legislators that achievement gaps began to close after funding was "restored," but as is often the case with KSDE, both claims were misleading.  Funding was increased, not cut, and achievement gaps have remained persistently wide. Legislators were told that proficiency – Levels 3 and 4 onREAD MORE
  • Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions

    Truth in Accounting Highlights Uncomfortable Truths About Kansas Pensions0

    Truth in Accounting’s Financial State of the States for 2021 ranks Kansas 27th in fiscal health nationwide with an overall grade of a D. This rank is due to the state’s $7,500 burden per taxpayer to pay off its $6.7 billion in debt, including unfunded retirement benefit and pension plans. The state has “only set

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  • Reversing years of Kansas fiscal mismanagement

    Reversing years of Kansas fiscal mismanagement0

    It is needed now more than ever for the Kansas government to adjust its budget like many Kansas families and businesses are doing today. Kansans painfully adapted to life during the pandemic, but governments around the state have done little to no belt-tightening. With the state 2020 election behind us, Kansans must acknowledge that the

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  • Educators top KPERS ‘millionaires’ list, system badly underfunded

    Educators top KPERS ‘millionaires’ list, system badly underfunded0

    Information provided by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) shows school officials top the list of KPERS ‘millionaires’ — people who will collect at least $1 million in pension benefits during their first 20 years of retirement.  But while government retirees are collecting generous pensions at taxpayers’ expense, the system’s unfunded liabilities are nearly

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