• 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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  • Legislative leadership moving Left in Kansas

    Legislative leadership moving Left in Kansas0

    Legislative leadership teams will lean more to the Left in 2017, favoring higher taxes and less economic and personal freedom based on the Lifetime Kansas Freedom Index scores for the House and Senate.  The 2016 House leadership team had a lifetime average score of 67 percent, with 50 percent being a ‘neutral’ score (voting equally

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  • Move Revenue Estimates from April to May

    Move Revenue Estimates from April to May0

    Moving the timetable for the issuance of Spring revenue estimates from April to May is among the task force recommendations to improve to the process, and history shows that to be a much-needed change.  Over the last 15 years, the April income tax estimate (Individual and Corporate combined) have missed the current year actual receipts

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  • States That Spend Less Tax Less

    States That Spend Less Tax Less0

    Media and legislators constantly present Kansans with the false choice between paying higher taxes to bankroll more government spending or risking cuts to desired public services. But many states continue to show that it is possible to maintain both a low-tax environment and quality public services. The key to doing so lies in states controlling

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  • Far From Cash-Strapped, Universities & Many State Agencies Continue To Build Significant Cash Reserves

    Far From Cash-Strapped, Universities & Many State Agencies Continue To Build Significant Cash Reserves0

    Kansas students and families continue to face mounting tuition and fee expenses even as their state universities continue to build up significant cash reserves. This news comes according to new, FY 2016 unencumbered cash (also called carryover cash) balance data available at KansasOpenGov.org. The adjacent table shows the growth in each university’s general fee fund

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