Goossen: Budget Disaster Deepens

Duane Goossen November 15, 2016 Kansas finances have come to a tragically grim place. The official estimate of revenue for this fiscal year has just been revised sharply downward, and brand new forecasts for FY 2018 and FY 2019 show a meager, unworkable revenue stream. This new information means that lawmakers must immediately cut $340 … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenGoossen: Budget Disaster Deepens

Rise Up, Kansas

By Duane Goossen November 10, 2016 The morning after the election was tough. Half the country woke up feeling devastated, the other half awoke feeling excited. Regardless of who you voted for, it’s hard to come back together when we feel so deeply divided. In Kansas, however, we have a special opportunity to rise to … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenRise Up, Kansas

Kansas’ Tax Plan Makes Racial Economic Disparities Worse

October 14, 2016 Kansas’ tax shift since 2012 has been a bad deal for many taxpayers. It’s been an even worse deal for families of color struggling to make ends meet. When broken down by race and income levels, a disproportionate rate of low- to moderate-income Kansans of color saw their state taxes increase, while … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenKansas’ Tax Plan Makes Racial Economic Disparities Worse

Goossen: Who Benefited?

Duane Goossen October 11, 2016 Hard evidence is in. The bulk of benefits from the income tax cuts that broke the Kansas budget went to a small number of wealthy individuals, while Kansans at the low end of the income scale actually paid more. The Kansas Department of Revenue publishes an annual report containing many … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenGoossen: Who Benefited?

Breaking With Tradition: Revenue Estimates Made Defective by Tax Plan

October 6, 2016 Kansas has had significant trouble meeting monthly estimated revenue targets, and the only cause of this is the tax policy misadventure that began in January 2013. Our research has found that Kansas’ monthly revenue estimates were much more accurate before the tax cuts than after. We’ve written before about how the massive … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenBreaking With Tradition: Revenue Estimates Made Defective by Tax Plan

Goossen: October Update: The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Won’t Work

Duane Goossen October 4, 2016 It’s even clearer now. The FY 2017 budget won’t work, which means mid fiscal year budget cuts are ahead. And those budget cuts must be taken from a set of expenditures already squeezed down and chopped up. New information allows an update of the official version of the FY 2017 … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenGoossen: October Update: The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Won’t Work

Holliday: Chasing the Storm

Heidi Holliday September 27, 2016 When I was in elementary school, a tornado destroyed my hometown. I watched it from my front porch, mistaking it for a train because we heard no sirens. Not until afterwards, when relatives from around the state and country started calling the house to check on us, did we realize … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenHolliday: Chasing the Storm

Goossen: The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Won’t Work

Duane Goossen August 23, 2016 The FY 2016 budget did not work, and it’s already clear that FY 2017 will not work either. Mid-fiscal year budget cuts are quite likely ahead. It’s the same problem that has existed since unaffordable income tax cuts were implemented. Kansas does not have nearly enough revenue to pay even … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenGoossen: The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Won’t Work

Goossen: So Long, Fiscal Year 2016

Duane Goossen August 11, 2016 Fiscal year 2016—another year in the downward spiral of Kansas finances after unaffordable tax cuts. Financially, Kansas lived day-to-day, and in the end only managed to cross over to the next fiscal year by not paying bills. And all that trouble earned Kansas another credit rating downgrade. Let’s briefly review … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenGoossen: So Long, Fiscal Year 2016

Kansas’ “Recession” Didn’t Cause Budget Problems – Tax Cuts Did

July 27, 2016 A so-called recession at the end of 2015 is being inaccurately blamed by some for state revenues coming in below expectations. Don’t be misled. Our revenue problems occurred a full year before the economic downturn – and the reason was unaffordable and unprecedented tax cuts. For the latter half of 2015, Kansas … Read More

Read More
Lisa OwenKansas’ “Recession” Didn’t Cause Budget Problems – Tax Cuts Did