Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

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 income tax.  But while the … Read More

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

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

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 to challenge the notion that … Read More

$820 million tax hike not necessary

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

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 tax increase, the wealthy should … Read More

Legislative leadership moving Left in Kansas

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

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 for and against freedom issues).  … Read More

Government’s Entitlement Mentality – Part 2

Patrick ParkesEducation, Tax & Spending

Government efforts to justify higher taxes while already spending more than necessary to provide essential services amounts to a direct assault on individuals’ economic freedom, and that’s what the Kansas Association of School Boards did last week.  The first installment of their three-part series attempted to make the case that Kansas’ personal income is growing slower than the national average, … Read More

Government’s entitlement mentality – Part 1

Dave TrabertEducation, Tax & Spending

To get a firm understanding of government’s entitlement mentality, imagine this conversation taking place at your neighbor’s front door. Susie:  “Yes?” Carmine: “Hi, my name is Carmine and I’m with the local school board.  I’m here to collect what you owe.” Susie: “What do you mean?  We paid our taxes.” Carmine: “On your income, sure, but your employer spent more … Read More

Oil, farming suppress sales tax collections

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Shortfalls in state sales tax collections are the single largest factor in missing revenue estimates this year, and new data from the Department of Revenue shows economic challenges in agriculture and the oil & gas industry may be the driving factor.  This KDOR map shows gains in northeast Kansas and the Wichita area but significant declines in many western Kansas … Read More

Once again the Kansas Center for Economic Growth makes another pitch for more taxes and spending on education

David DorseyEducation, Tax & Spending

  They’re at it again. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) has made yet another feeble attempt to justify raising taxes and spending more money on public education. This time they try to camouflage it behind this noble, and quite obvious premise: graduating from high school is good for both the individual and the state. In the recently published … Read More

Press Release: New Poll: Taxpayers demand efficiency in schools, oppose new taxes for schools funding

adminEducation, Tax & Spending

Wichita – While the Kansas legislature continues to grapple with a response to the on-going school finance litigation, a new survey of 518 registered Kansas voters makes clear that reform and efficiency should be paramount in the minds of legislators. The market research survey was conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute; SurveyUSA is a widely regarded polling … Read More