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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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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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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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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Goossen: Governor’s Budget: Don’t Look Here for Structural Balance

Duane Goossen January 19, 2017 The governor claimed he was producing a structurally balanced budget. The lieutenant governor predicted that a structurally balanced budget was coming. And after its unveiling, the governor’s staff asserted the budget was indeed structurally balanced. But it’s not. Not even close. Unfounded claims and assertions can’t make it so. Kansas … Read More

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Securitization a Non-solution that Would Wreck Kansas Financially

Nathan Madden January 13, 2017 The budget plan released by the Governor’s office contains an ill-advised idea: sell off dollars that come in to the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) from a settlement with tobacco companies to help close a self-inflicted budget gap. Not only would this move shortchange Kansas kids, but it is extremely risky … Read More

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Goossen: The Gap Lawmakers Must Close

Duane Goossen January 5, 2017 The Kansas budget has a huge structural imbalance, a daunting gap between income and expenses. For the Kansas general fund to remain solvent, lawmakers must close the gap. The general fund became structurally unbalanced immediately after the 2012 income tax cuts were implemented, but the situation has become especially dire … Read More

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