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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KendraHappy Fiscal New Year, Kansas

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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Despite Promises, More Kansans Left the State after 2012 Income Tax Plan

Nathan Madden April 20, 2017 When Governor Sam Brownback signed his signature tax policy into law in May of 2012, he did so with great fanfare. On that day, ignoring dire warnings from economists and budget analysts, he urged Kansans to simply believe in his plan – no matter what the data projected. Job creation … Read More

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KendraDespite Promises, More Kansans Left the State after 2012 Income Tax Plan

Scott Anglemyer: Building Shared Prosperity for Working Families at Tax Time

Scott Anglemyer, Kansas Association of Community Action Programs Guest blog post April 3, 2017 Economists don’t agree on much. As George Bernard Shaw said, “If all the economists were laid end-to-end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” One of the few things that most economists agree on, however, is that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) … Read More

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KendraScott Anglemyer: Building Shared Prosperity for Working Families at Tax Time

Holliday: “Flat” Does Not Equal “Forward”

Heidi Holliday March 29, 2017 Over the past several weeks, an insidious tax structure proposal has been making the rounds in the Kansas Statehouse: flat taxes. While the idea that everyone pays the same rate—regardless of income—may initially seem attractive, a basic look into the impact of such a tax shows that it’s anything but. … Read More

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An Open Message to Kansas Lawmakers: Evacuating from Fiscal Hell

Duane Goossen March 9, 2017 Last week’s Supreme Court ruling requiring increased funding for Kansas schools did not surprise many people, but it still complicated an already challenging legislative session. So, now what? Here are three observations from a budgetary perspective: The goal post moved….a lot. Lawmakers must adjust accordingly. House Bill 2178 was a … Read More

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KendraAn Open Message to Kansas Lawmakers: Evacuating from Fiscal Hell

Pass-Through Exemption Doesn’t Work for Kansas

Nathan Madden February 28, 2017 The controversial “LLC Loophole,” or pass-through income exemption from state income taxes, faces strong opposition for two reasons: it doesn’t work to stimulate business or employment growth. It also costs the state hundreds of millions in revenue that should be used to invest in schools, roads, public safety, and health. … Read More

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Guest Commentary, Part Four: Modernize the Kansas Gas Tax

Bob Totten, Kansas Contractors Association February 5, 2017 Did you know Kansas has over 140,000 miles of roads, bridges, and highways? Every Kansan relies on our infrastructure every single day in one way or another, but we frequently take it for granted. We go to work or send our kids to school just assuming that … Read More

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KendraGuest Commentary, Part Four: Modernize the Kansas Gas Tax

Goossen: January Revenue in Perspective

Duane Goossen February 2, 2017 January general fund tax revenue turned out to be a bit “higher than estimated.” Good. That’s certainly a better situation than if monthly revenue were lower than estimated, as has been the case so many times over the last four years. However, the January result does not alter the grim … Read More

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KendraGoossen: January Revenue in Perspective