• Fake news in Kansas promotes political agenda

    Fake news in Kansas promotes political agenda0

    An editorial in the Wichita Eagle reminded me that it’s been awhile since I wrote about fake news in Kansas, and there’s a lot.  The Eagle editorial bemoaned a loss of 400 jobs in February but failed to disclose that private sector employment set a new record!  The Bureau of Labor Statistics data comparing February 2016

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  • 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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  • KPERS Debt Created under Previous Administrations

    KPERS Debt Created under Previous Administrations0

    Kansas has a high debt burden, but it long predates the current administration, current tax policy, and the current legislature. This fact contradicts media’s misleading use of a September 2016 report from Truth in Accounting to imply that Kansas’ unfunded pension liabilities and broader debt burden have primarily been products of the state’s current budget

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  • Former Kansas governors’ definition of ‘fiscal health’ favors government over taxpayers

    Former Kansas governors’ definition of ‘fiscal health’ favors government over taxpayers0

    With generous in-kind campaign contributions from media, four former Kansas governors announced the formation of their political organization, intended to “restore Kansas back to fiscal health” by getting candidates elected who ostensibly share their viewpoint.  It’s all too common for politicians of both parties to stretch the truth (to put it kindly) but the sanctimonious

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  • 2015 KPERS report includes 213 new pension ‘millionaires’

    2015 KPERS report includes 213 new pension ‘millionaires’0

    Pension payment data collected from the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS) in an Open Records request includes 1,690 state and local government retirees who will collect more than $1 million in taxpayer-funded pension payments over their first 20 years of retirement. The number of taxpayer-funded pension ‘millionaires’ is up by 213 from last year’s total of 1,477

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  • Inaugural Podcast with Dave Trabert

    Inaugural Podcast with Dave Trabert0

    Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert talks about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State address and budget proposal on KPI’s first podcast. Funding for K-12 education and the KPERS retirement system are also discussed.

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