• 2016 State Payroll 3% Above 2013 Level

    2016 State Payroll 3% Above 2013 Level0

    The 2016 state payroll totals reflect a 2.4 percent decline from the record set in 2015 but total pay is still 2.9 percent higher than the 2013 level. The Kansas Turnpike Authority reported a 3.4 percent pay increase for 2016 but state universities and other state agencies had small declines.  Compared to 2013 levels, however,

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  • Kansas budget can be balanced without tax hikes

    Kansas budget can be balanced without tax hikes0

    Yes, that’s right, the Kansas budget can be balanced without a tax increase.  But first, here’s some background to put the situation in perspective. When the Legislature raised the sales tax rate in 2015 as part of the largest tax hike in Kansas history, many legislators, special interests and media expressed outrage at the impact

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  • Efficient, Effective Spending Keeps Taxes Low

    Efficient, Effective Spending Keeps Taxes Low0

    It’s not access to oil or tourism that allows some states to do without an income tax; it’s efficient, effective spending.  Texas could have all the oil in the nation and still have a high tax burden if it spent a lot more. Data from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) shows that

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  • Kansas House passes $2.4 billion income tax increase

    Kansas House passes $2.4 billion income tax increase0

    After the November election, we said the 2017 Legislature would be defined by broken promises – either not being willing to pass the enormous tax increases to fund the vote-for-me promises or the implied promise to just raising taxes on small businesses.  Now we know that the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives intends

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  • Kansas income tax hike rejected by citizens

    Kansas income tax hike rejected by citizens2

    Listening to a lot of legislators, one might think their constituents are demanding that their income taxes be increased but a new market research study shows a major disconnect between Topeka and the rest of the state.   SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute between February 3 and February 8; with participation

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  • 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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