• 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide Inbound

    2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide Inbound0

    You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. President Ronald Reagan President Reagan understood the best way government can help people is by providing better service at an affordable cost to the taxpayer. Nearly 30 years later, the Kansas Policy Institute found Kansans still hold

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  • Kansas Ranked 15th in Economic Freedom

    Kansas Ranked 15th in Economic Freedom0

    Out of all 50 states, Kansas ranked 15th in economic freedom in 2016. The Economic Freedom of North America 2018, published by the Fraser Institute, measures individual states supportive of economic freedom. Kansas tied for 19th in all of North America. The most economically free state is Florida, while the least economically free state is

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  • School funding plan requires big tax hike

    School funding plan requires big tax hike0

    Calculations provided by Kansas Legislative Research (KLRD) show the $525 million House school funding plan would require a $306 million tax increase next year and a $293 million transfer from the highway fund to comply with state law.  The following three years would require a $215 million tax increase and another $879 million transferred from

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • City and county payrolls jumped in 2017

    City and county payrolls jumped in 20170

    City and county payrolls in the state’s more populated areas grew much faster than inflation in 2017.  The seven counties listed in the adjacent table collectively had a 4.4 percent payroll increase and the ten cities increased payroll by 2.7 percent on average.  Inflation, by comparison, was just 1.7 percent. Kansas Policy Institute collects the

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  • School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes

    School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent Gannon school funding ruling, if endorsed by legislators, would cause devastating tax hikes on top of record-setting tax increases just passed.  The Court cited vast differences between the new money appropriated by the Legislature ($293 million more in FY 2019) and the amount demanded by school districts (at least $1.7

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