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  • Many counties withhold information on property tax hearings

    Many counties withhold information on property tax hearings0

    With just 12 days to go before the revenue-neutral rate property tax hearings will begin, over half of the taxing entities that have responded to KORA requests from Kansas Policy Institute are not raising property taxes this year.  But as of today, 61 counties have not provided information in response to our Open Records requests

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  • Panasonic subsidy deal: Laura Kelly’s ‘shot of adrenaline’ moment?

    Panasonic subsidy deal: Laura Kelly’s ‘shot of adrenaline’ moment?0

    Remember the (well-deserved) beating Gov. Sam Brownback received for saying his 2012 tax cuts would be a ‘shot of adrenaline’ to the Kansas economy?  Now, Gov. Laura Kelly may have her own ‘shot of 'adrenaline' moment by claiming her $1 billion+ subsidy to Panasonic will transform the Kansas economy. The 2012 tax cuts would haveREAD MORE
  • 2022 Green Book: Spend Less, Tax Less, Grow More

    2022 Green Book: Spend Less, Tax Less, Grow More0

    Over the past year, legislators have painted a picture of Kansas as a booming economy, pointing to subsidized business development and continually high tax revenues – more a sign of over-taxation than prosperity – as indicators of growth. However, the data about Kansas’s economic performance relative to taxation in our 2022 Green Book tells a

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  • April 2022 Kansas Tax Collections: Remember a Balanced Budget

    April 2022 Kansas Tax Collections: Remember a Balanced Budget0

    In April 2022, the state of Kansas took in a total tax revenue of $1.5 billion, which was 13.2% greater than the original estimate. This includes a sales tax collection that was 0.4% higher than expected and an income tax collection that was 17.8% higher than expected. Legislators should remember the importance of a balanced

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  • Will Long-Term Kansas Tax Relief Please Stand Up?

    Will Long-Term Kansas Tax Relief Please Stand Up?0

    This past week was “veto week” in the Kansas Legislature: the time to “make it or break it” for the dozens of different proposals that have floated this legislative session. While some tax relief is already on the way, legislators have until the end of May to provide more. The most-talked-about policy this year was

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  • Turn Short-Term Surpluses Into Long-Term Tax Relief

    Turn Short-Term Surpluses Into Long-Term Tax Relief0

    If it wasn’t clear enough already, recent tax estimate updates show Kansas is awash with excess funds from over-taxation. The Kansas Legislative Research Department’s recent tax revenue estimate update for April 2022 increased the estimate for FY 2023 by $407.8 million for a whopping total of $9.5 billion in State General Fund tax collections. It’s

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