• Income Tax Increases from Inflation Lose Kansans Wealth

    Income Tax Increases from Inflation Lose Kansans Wealth0

    Pay increases for Kansan families were undermined over the past year by inflation, causing a loss on average as changes in salaries failed to keep up with big price increases. At the same time, Kansas state income tax increased from inflation-drive wage increases. From April 2021 to April 2022, Kansans’ average nominal weekly earnings increased

  • March 2022 Kansas Job Stagnation

    March 2022 Kansas Job Stagnation0

    The March Labor Report from the Kansas Department of Labor shows Kansas lost 1,800 private-sector jobs and continues its post-COVID-10 stagnation. This represents a monthly job growth rate of -0.2%, which is the first month of negative growth since September 2021. At the same growth rate that Kansas has experienced since the start of 2021,

  • Kansas Legislation Guarantees Right to Work for Eyebrow Threaders

    Kansas Legislation Guarantees Right to Work for Eyebrow Threaders0

    Yesterday, Senate Bill 348 passed the Kansas House by a 110-10 margin. The bill, which, changed slightly from when it passed the Senate to the version just passed in the House and has yet to be enacted, exempts hair threaders from cosmetology licensing conditions, including 1,000 hours of training that can run to over $15,000.

  • Rethinking Regulatory Oversight with SCR 1618

    Rethinking Regulatory Oversight with SCR 16180

    This week, the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing SCR 1618, which would establish greater legislative oversight regarding executive branch regulations. This bill is a solid step towards healthy regulatory reform that will make Kansas more competitive and provide new opportunities for Kansas families. The constitutional amendment would allow the Kansas legislature to “establish procedures

  • Streamlining State Regulations

    Streamlining State Regulations0

    Minimizing the burden on the economy of regulations is just as much a goal for the government as having healthy taxes or responsible spending. What’s more, the regulatory regime should be something upon which bipartisan support can be found. Very few people want burdensome regulations but the devil is in the details about how to

  • Cutting Red Tape in Kansas

    Cutting Red Tape in Kansas0

    Kansas’ 72,645 regulatory restrictions consist of 3.3 million words, which would take the average person 185 hours to read completely. The Mercatus Center’s new study Cutting Red Tape in Kansas: A Menu of Options outlines Kansas’ current position as a regulatory environment and what new directions the state could take to being an even more