• It’s Official: Governor’s Budget Sets Up A $1.3 Billion Tax Increase

    It’s Official: Governor’s Budget Sets Up A $1.3 Billion Tax Increase0

    Governor Kelly’s claim to balance the budget without raising taxes certainly sounds appealing and has been met with lots of media coverage. However, the latest from state researchers shows little stops a $1.3 billion tax hike from hitting Kansans in four years. In November, we reported figures from the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) showing

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  • Are Kansans Preparing For More Tax Increases?

    Are Kansans Preparing For More Tax Increases?0

    Kansans have experienced four tax increases in the past four years. Governor Kelly intends to apply a fifth tax increase by denying Kansans the full benefits of federal tax reform. Now the January government tax report shows holiday sales fell by $85 million. Kansans have held back spending for seven straight months. The trend suggests

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  • No Oversight for Kansas Discretionary Spending

    No Oversight for Kansas Discretionary Spending0

    The State of Kansas has 600 million reasons to review its discretionary spending of funds allocated to public and some private organizations. However, policy makers rarely hold any expectations of what the spending should achieve. As the Honorable Maurice P. McTigue of George Mason University puts it, Without clear expectations of results, neither elected officials nor

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  • Medicaid Expansion Attracts Tax & Spend Philosophy

    Medicaid Expansion Attracts Tax & Spend Philosophy0

    Many of the views on Medicaid expansion are built on campaign promises instead of sound data and sound solutions. A common belief is that Medicaid expansion returns federal tax dollars. In reality, it returns higher tax rates and fiscal deficits. This analysis is part of the Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government’s “Myth Vs Fact: A

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  • Obama administration admitted Medicaid expansion hurts the truly needy

    Obama administration admitted Medicaid expansion hurts the truly needy0

    Campaign promises appear to be the foundation of the views on Medicaid expansion instead of sound data and sound solutions. A frequently heard claim is that Medicaid expansion saves lives. Unfortunately, study after study claims the opposite. This analysis is part of the Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government’s “Myth Vs Fact: A Primer on Medicaid Expansion,”

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  • Governor’s Budget is Not Structurally Balanced

    Governor’s Budget is Not Structurally Balanced0

    Policymakers on either side of the aisle should oppose bad budgeting practices. If not, the state risks eventually cutting core government services, or raising taxes on families and businesses. So when Duane Goossen called then-Governor Sam Brownback’s budget proposal as structurally imbalanced, he was right. Duane Goossen is now a cabinet Secretary in the Kelly

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