• Online sales tax a ruse to grow government

    Online sales tax a ruse to grow government0

    A controversial online sales tax proposal would increase government revenue and spending by an estimated $93 million annually.  Online purchases from retailers with a physical presence in Kansas (‘nexus’) are already subject to sales tax and brought in over $400 million last year, with about $175 million from individuals and the balance from business purchases. 

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  • Kansas #26 in “Rich States, Poor States”

    Kansas #26 in “Rich States, Poor States”0

    The annual “Rich States Poor States” report published by the American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Kansas #26 in Economic Outlook for 2018, which is unchanged from the previous year.  Among regional states, Missouri (#23), Oklahoma (#16), Colorado (#15) and Arkansas (#22) have higher ranks while Nebraska (#28) and Iowa (#29) are slightly lower.  Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas

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  • Taxpayer Choice: Grow Government or Help Kids

    Taxpayer Choice: Grow Government or Help Kids0

    One good piece of news from the 2017 legislative session, amidst much bad news, is that, in the current tax year, individual taxpayers can now participate in the tax credit scholarship program to help low income kids escape some of the worst performing schools in the state. There is a $500,000 annual cap on contributions

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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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  • Media, Left Attempt to Re-write History of Kansas Tax Reform

    Media, Left Attempt to Re-write History of Kansas Tax Reform0

    Now that legislators and media have imposed the largest tax increase in Kansas history and put citizens in worse shape than prior to 2012, the effort is shifting to rewrite the history of Kansas tax reform.  The first salvo was released by Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske, who writes that then-Senator Steve Morris says

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  • Legislature Disregards Citizens with $3 Billion Kansas Income Tax Hike

    Legislature Disregards Citizens with $3 Billion Kansas Income Tax Hike0

    So far, the most pro-government/anti-freedom Legislature in recent history hasn’t been successful in efforts to eliminate right-to-work, strip citizens of their right to vote on property tax increases, reinstate prevailing wage or allow local government to set minimum fringe benefit standards for private employers, but this week they stuck citizens with an unnecessary $3 billion

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