• Public Discussion Exposed Misleading Claims on State Tax and Budget

    Public Discussion Exposed Misleading Claims on State Tax and Budget0

    It can be hard to meet those with whom you disagree face to face. It is much harder to practice your constitutional right to free speech when sitting on stage with someone, bellied up to the bar, or at a local coffee shop than it is while sitting at your keyboard. But, this sort of

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  • Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

    Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles0

    Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30

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  • Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

    Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism0

    The Kansas tax proposal in House Bill 2023 would significantly raise taxes on many Kansas small businesses and would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.   Legislators and others who support House Bill 2023 say the 2012 tax cut for partnerships, proprietorships, Sub-S corps, and LLC is a fairness issue and everyone should pay

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  • Brownback’s budget proposal pretty good overall

    Brownback’s budget proposal pretty good overall1

    Governor Brownback’s budget proposal for the balance of this year and the coming two years contains a few things that, from a limited government perspective aren’t necessary but all things considered, it’s pretty good.  There are significant efficiency measures included, he continues to avoid expansion of Medicaid through Obamacare – which is especially smart since

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  • Coverage of proposed $820 million tax hike loaded with media bias

    Coverage of proposed $820 million tax hike loaded with media bias0

    News coverage of a recently-proposed $820 million tax hike in Kansas was a case study in the many ways that media bias influences public opinion.  The unions, highway contractors and others pushing the idea were not challenged on their many undocumented claims, and even though the proponents all stood to gain from higher taxes, media failed

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  • $820 million tax hike not necessary

    $820 million tax hike not necessary0

    An $820 million tax hike was proposed by special interest groups last week so that Kansas government can continue to operate very inefficiently and those who profit from excess government spending can grab more of your money.  That’s not how they describe it, of course; they claim that government couldn’t possibly survive without a massive

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