• Record State Budgets From Off-Target Economic Predictions

    Record State Budgets From Off-Target Economic Predictions0

    When it comes to making predictions, they say that the only good thing about economic forecasters is that they make the TV weathermen look good. Kansas’s economic and tax revenue forecasters, known as the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group or CRE are no different, and they have a history of missing their estimates. As a result,

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  • More State Funding Won’t Stop Tuition Hikes

    More State Funding Won’t Stop Tuition Hikes0

    Kansas students are suffering financially from the accelerating cost of college. If policymakers truly seek to provide tuition relief, they should realize state aid has little to zero effect on tuition hikes. The idea that education needs more state funding strongly influences Kansas policy. To that degree, the legislature approved an extra $33 million in

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  • Kansas Taxpayers Left With $1.4 Billion Deficit Despite Governor’s Veto

    Kansas Taxpayers Left With $1.4 Billion Deficit Despite Governor’s Veto0

    Those saying the current trajectory of state spending won’t lead to a deficit or tax increase aren’t being honest. A new profile prepared by the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) shows the state budget creates a $1.4 billion deficit over the next four years. This happens regardless of Governor Kelly’s veto of the tax windfall bill. Another

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  • Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book

    Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book0

    Some of Kansas’s low economic performance may be tied to the fact that property taxes are growing too fast. In fact, 65 KS counties saw triple-digit property tax growth despite their populations shrinking. The Lincoln Land Institute found that Iola, KS has the highest rural property tax rate in the nation. By contrast, there is

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  • Coincidence or Preparation? Kansans Cut Shopping Equal to Vetoed Tax Windfall

    Coincidence or Preparation? Kansans Cut Shopping Equal to Vetoed Tax Windfall0

    Governor Kelly vetoed the tax windfall bill, raising Kansans’ income taxes to the tune of $50 million. Near the same time, the latest state tax report shows Kansans decreasing shopping by $40 million. Is this just a coincidence, or are Kansans preparing to pay for higher taxes again? It’s possible Kansas’s fiscal troubles and sluggish growth

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  • New county data underscores struggling Kansas economy

    New county data underscores struggling Kansas economy0

    Prototype county-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows deep pockets of concern for the Kansas economy.  The data covers the years 2012 through 2015, showing only 58 of the state’s 105 counties had GDP gains for the private sector, compared to 90 counties showing gains for government GDP. 

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