Stuck in the Middle: Health and Prosperity Index Policy Update

All Kansans want to live in a state where families, communities, and the economy thrive. That’s why last fall, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth released its Health and Prosperity Index, which compared Kansas and its neighboring states using nearly 40 indicators. The indicators included: Social and Community Context Education, Employment, and Earnings Health Infrastructure … Read More

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KendraStuck in the Middle: Health and Prosperity Index Policy Update

Goossen: Kansas Still Has a Budget Gap

Duane Goossen Nov 1, 2017 Kansas lawmakers took a giant step toward financial health in June! By overriding Gov. Brownback’s tax bill veto, a bipartisan supermajority dramatically reduced the structural budget deficit in the state’s general fund. But much more work must be done before Kansas finances recover from the disastrous and unaffordable income tax … Read More

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Steady Job Growth Numbers in Kansas, Too Early to Analyze Impacts of Senate Bill 30

September 29, 2017 New job growth and unemployment numbers for Kansas were released last week. The numbers showed a slight increase in job growth from the previous month, with 800 new jobs added in August. The numbers also showed a slight increase of 0.2% in unemployment, which measures people who are jobless, actively seeking work, … Read More

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KendraSteady Job Growth Numbers in Kansas, Too Early to Analyze Impacts of Senate Bill 30

Mending the Damage of Deep Tax Cuts at the Local Level

September 27, 2017 Recently passed comprehensive tax reform legislation (Senate Bill 30), coupled with Governor Brownback’s upcoming departure to a new federal post, has marked an end to the Brownback era and its signature tax cuts. The 2017 comprehensive tax reform plan was the first step in putting Kansas back on the road to economic … Read More

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KendraMending the Damage of Deep Tax Cuts at the Local Level

Effective Mental Health Services Depend on Investing in a Quality Public Workforce

Guest Blog Post by Kansas Organization of State Employees Families and communities need an effective system of mental health services in order to thrive. Funding and staffing cutbacks in the state’s system in recent years jeopardize the ability of this system to accomplish its public mission of caring for people affected by mental illnesses. At the … Read More

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KendraEffective Mental Health Services Depend on Investing in a Quality Public Workforce

Goossen: Revenue Reset

Duane Goossen September 6, 2017 Gov. Brownback’s tax experiment brought havoc to the Kansas budget and put the state’s general fund in severe financial distress. But in June, a bipartisan supermajority of lawmakers rescinded those policies in a dramatic veto override and put Kansas back on a more stable financial path. The chart below tells … Read More

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Reinvesting in the Backbone of Kansas

Guest blogpost by American Federation of Teachers — Kansas The people of Kansas believe in service to others. At the American Federation of Teachers – Kansas (AFT-Kansas) we echo this commitment and work tirelessly to ensure that the State’s public employees and the communities they serve are given the best possible opportunities for stability, growth, … Read More

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Happy Fiscal New Year, Kansas

June 30, 2017 A new fiscal year begins on Saturday – a milestone that deserves celebration. Because lawmakers boldly set Kansas on the path out of the Brownback tax experiment, Fiscal Year 2018 marks the beginning of our state’s financial recovery. Unlike recent years, Kansas is now better positioned to provide great schools, vibrant communities, … Read More

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The Time to Build the Path Forward is Now

May 21, 2017 Five years ago tomorrow, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law one of the most damaging pieces of state fiscal policy America has ever seen. “Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback took a grand gamble Tuesday with a monumental tax plan that he hopes will spur an economic revival and not an unparalleled budget crisis … Read More

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KendraThe Time to Build the Path Forward is Now

Goossen: The Wrap-up Session Budget Gap

Duane Goossen May 3, 2017 As the Kansas Legislature begins a “wrap-up” session, how big is the budget gap that must be closed in order to adequately fund schools and repair the state’s dismal financial situation? Recent revisions to the general fund revenue forecast predict tax collections to be about $50 million a year higher … Read More

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