• KPERS pension distribution creates 327 new ‘millionaires’

    KPERS pension distribution creates 327 new ‘millionaires’0

    An Open Records request fulfilled by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) shows record-setting payouts in 2017 of $1.64 billion.   The number of KPERS ‘millionaires’ also set a new record, with 2,334 government retirees expected to receive more than $1 million in pension benefits over the first 20 years of retirement; that’s 327 more

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  • KS House socks citizens with another tax increase

    KS House socks citizens with another tax increase0

    Last year’s retroactive, record-setting tax increase apparently wasn’t enough for the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives.  Now they’ve voted to allow another $210 million income tax increase over the next two years on top of the $1.2 billion increase they imposed last year.  And that’s a very conservative number; according to Chief Budget

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  • $2 billion 2017 Kansas payroll online

    $2 billion 2017 Kansas payroll online0

    The 2017 calendar year State of Kansas payroll listing is now open for public inspection at KansasOpenGov. The $1.969 billion listing was obtained in an Open Records request and includes every person who received a state paycheck. Higher education dominates the Top Ten Agency Payrolls. Kansas State University had the largest payroll at $332.1 million

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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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  • Are you ready for another tax increase?

    Are you ready for another tax increase?0

    Unless legislators change their tax-and-spending-spree ways, Kansans have another big tax increase coming in the near future.  The nearly $500 million spending increase just approved for fiscal years 2017 through 2019 pushes General Fund spending to $6.609 billion; that’s $1.3 billion more than if spending had just been increased for inflation since FY 1995. Kansas

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  • Legislators Don’t Like Being Called Out for State Spending Hike

    Legislators Don’t Like Being Called Out for State Spending Hike0

    Governor Brownback’s statement on state spending at the close of the 2017 legislative session has leadership in both chambers up in arms.  ““This legislative session made history, but for all the wrong reasons. Passing the largest tax hike in state history, this legislature passed the biggest budget in state history—and they’ve already spent every dime. 

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