• Gov. Kelly signs property tax transparency bill

    Gov. Kelly signs property tax transparency bill0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Friday signed SB 13 into law, providing property tax transparency that goes into effect this year.  Kelly vetoed a similar bill last year but the overwhelming majority votes in the House and Senate may have been a factor in her decision to sign the bill and avoid a veto override. 

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  • Cities, counties keep expanding the property tax honesty gap

    Cities, counties keep expanding the property tax honesty gap0

    In its 2021 budget report, Douglas County says, “Acknowledging that COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact for many, the mill levy remains flat….” But they don’t mention there is a 4.8% property tax hike in this year’s budget. That’s the epitome of the Kansas property tax honesty gap.  Local officials speak only of mill rate

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  • MoneyWise: Kansas 3rd worst state for taxing retirees

    MoneyWise: Kansas 3rd worst state for taxing retirees0

    According to the personal finance website MoneyWise ranking, Kansas ranks as the 3rd worst state for taxing retirees, with property tax, sales tax, and income tax on private retirement income cited as being unattractive. Only Connecticut and Nebraska performed worse than Kansas. According to MoneyWise, Kansas does not tax social security income for those with

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  • Use the special session to support taxpayers

    Use the special session to support taxpayers0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly called legislators back for a special session starting tomorrow, ostensibly to deal with COVID-related issues.  But they already did so, and quite effectively.  House Bill 2054 provided legislative oversight to Kelly’s emergency management authority and spending federal COVID funds, and also provided much-needed liability protection for healthcare workers and businesses. Kelly

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  • Will Kansas legislators show up for work on Thursday?

    Will Kansas legislators show up for work on Thursday?0

    Kansas legislators return for a critical, one-day wrap-up session on Thursday, May 21 after an extended COVID-induced Spring Break.  Typically, it’s mostly a ceremonial day that many legislators willfully choose to miss.  This year is different, however.  House and Senate members will be dealing with a host of serious issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic,

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