• 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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  • Media Ignores Facts, Excuses University Tuition Hikes

    Media Ignores Facts, Excuses University Tuition Hikes1

    The annual ritual of universities making sad-faced announcements of tuition increases and blaming them on state funding cuts took place last week. And in keeping with tradition, media abandoned basic journalistic principles and basically functioned as the Regent’s press office. Media didn’t question whether university tuition increases could be partially or fully avoided (they can)

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  • Kansas Legislature Broke a Lot of Promises

    Kansas Legislature Broke a Lot of Promises0

    Last September I made a very safe prediction for the 2017 session of the Kansas Legislature – “Regardless of who is elected to the 2017 Legislature, January will bring turmoil and major disappointment for many Kansans.”  Like I said, a pretty safe bet…but the rationale ruffled a few feathers.  “Many candidates and special interests say

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  • $11 Billion School Debt Exceeds State Debt

    $11 Billion School Debt Exceeds State Debt0

    Given media and legislative hyperventilation over state debt levels, one would never know that Kansas’ 286 school districts are deeper in hock than the State of Kansas and its component units (universities, turnpike authority, etc.).  School districts set a new record last year of $5.56 billion in bonded indebtedness and they also have $5.4 billion

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