• Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book

    Kansas Has Nation’s Highest Rural Property Tax: 2019 Green Book0

    Some of Kansas’s low economic performance may be tied to the fact that property taxes are growing too fast. In fact, 65 KS counties saw triple-digit property tax growth despite their populations shrinking. The Lincoln Land Institute found that Iola, KS has the highest rural property tax rate in the nation. By contrast, there is

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  • KS House socks citizens with another tax increase

    KS House socks citizens with another tax increase0

    Last year’s retroactive, record-setting tax increase apparently wasn’t enough for the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives.  Now they’ve voted to allow another $210 million income tax increase over the next two years on top of the $1.2 billion increase they imposed last year.  And that’s a very conservative number; according to Chief Budget

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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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  • 2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth

    2018 Green Book: Smaller government, more growth0

    A 2012 Wall Street Journal commentary about our tax and spending research entitled “States that Spend Less, Tax Less…and Grow More” made the case that efficient government is the key to keeping taxes low.  Our 2018 Green Book analysis published last week shows the relationship between less government and stronger economic growth is as strong as

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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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  • IRS data refutes Kansas tax evasion theories

    IRS data refutes Kansas tax evasion theories1

    Ever since Kansas exempted pass-through income from state income tax beginning in 2013, media and policy analysts declared that doing so created a massive wave of Kansas tax evasion by businesses converting to an LLC or a sub-S corporation.  Even the Tax Foundation jumped on the bandwagon, saying “When the exemption was passed in 2012,

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