Courts shouldn’t be cut out of school funding; amendment would undercut Kansas’ recovery

April 3, 2018 The Kansas Center for Economic Growth opposes the latest attempt (HCR 5029) to remove court oversight of public education funding through a constitutional amendment. Extreme policy caused Kansas’ current challenges, and extreme changes to our state constitution aren’t the answer. Kansas courts and schools did not create the state’s fiscal crisis. Failed … Read More

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KCEG policy brief encourages lawmakers to evaluate tax incentives

A new policy brief from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth emphasizes the importance of tracking and measuring state tax incentives. Currently, Kansas trails the nation and region by not having a plan to regularly evaluate tax incentives, allowing lawmakers to measure economic impact and make informed policy choices. Although Kansas spends millions of dollars … Read More

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Finding the lay of the land: Behind the scenes of KCEG’s latest report

March 26, 2018 Assistant Research Analyst Michael Raven sat down to answer a few questions about the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s latest paper, which takes on the argument that a “rural recession” erased the effects Governor Sam Brownback’s tax “experiment.” “Lay of the land: Understanding commodity prices, tax policy, and the Kansas economy” comes … Read More

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Tax cut history lesson

Duane Goossen March 23, 2018 The Kansas tax experiment has ended.  We know what happened.  The 2012 income tax cuts immediately threw the Kansas budget out of balance, creating an ongoing, ever-worsening financial crisis.   But at the beginning, that was not the budgetary outcome that Kansans were told to expect. What were Kansans told?  What … Read More

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HB 2756: An innovative policy for the 21st Century economy

March 22, 2018 Kansans believe in fairness, whether in a ball game or tax policy. Fairness in tax policy means that no business should be disadvantaged and no revenue stream should be omitted or underutilized. The economy functions best when the three-legged stool of income tax, sales tax, and property tax is balanced. However, with … Read More

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Governor’s budget widens structural imbalance

Duane Goossen March 1, 2018 When Kansas legislators overrode a veto and reversed Brownback-era tax cuts, they took a huge step toward closing an enormous structural imbalance between revenue and expense in the Kansas general fund. Now, though, revisions proposed in the FY 2019 Governor’s Budget Report would widen the gap. A year ago, as … Read More

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Closing racial disparity in income will bolster Kansas economy

Emily Fetsch Feb. 12, 2018 Too many Kansans are not able to reach economic security. From difficulty finding a job to not receiving livable wages, people across the state struggle to make ends meet. But not every Kansan’s experience is the same. A new report from the Kansas Health Institute, Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health … Read More

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New American immigrants in Kansas strengthen the economy

Emily Fetsch Feb. 7, 2018 The U.S. Congress has been heatedly debating immigration, in particular whether young aspiring citizens (including “Dreamers”) should be eligible for citizenship. This is in response to the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provides a pathway for previously undocumented young adults to live … Read More

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Race, gender and poverty in Kansas

Emily Fetsch Feb. 5, 2018 The Bad News: Kansas women, particularly women of color, are more likely than men to struggle to make ends meet and afford basic necessities. The Good News: Much can be done by policymakers and employers at the state level to strengthen the economic outlook for Kansas women. A new report … Read More

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Unemployment down for African-American Kansans, but disparity remains

Emily Fetsch Feb. 2, 2018 Statistics show fewer African-American Kansans were unemployed in 2015 than 2010. But the unemployment rate among African-Americans remains too high. The Kansas Health Institute recently released a new resource, Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in a Changing Kansas. The report featured several economic indicators disaggregated by race and ethnicity, … Read More

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ClayUnemployment down for African-American Kansans, but disparity remains