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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KendraSecuritization a Non-solution that Would Wreck Kansas Financially

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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Guest Commentary, Part Three: Lower the Food Sales Tax

Ashley Jones-Wisner, KC Healthy Kids December 12, 2016 Cost is one of the biggest barriers to accessing healthy food in Kansas. The evidence is mounting, and Kansas residents and lawmakers have started to pay attention as KC Healthy Kids has led the charge to get rid of Kansas’ tax on groceries. Studies show that Kansas’ … Read More

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KendraGuest Commentary, Part Three: Lower the Food Sales Tax

Guest Commentary, Part Two: Close the LLC Loophole

Rebecca Proctor, Kansas Organization of State Employees November 25, 2016 We all want good schools to send our kids to, good roads to travel down, and affordable health care for our families. We have these things thanks to the investments past generations of Kansans made in our state, all of which were paid for with … Read More

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KendraGuest Commentary, Part Two: Close the LLC Loophole

Guest Commentary, Part One: End the March to Zero

Mark Desetti, Kansas-National Education Association November 16, 2016 Kansas has a long history of supporting public education, going back to the 1870s, when a compulsory school attendance law was passed. That law stated that “education was key to the state’s growth and development, since a literate and skilled citizenry could help build business and industry.” … Read More

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KendraGuest Commentary, Part One: End the March to Zero

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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KendraBreaking With Tradition: Revenue Estimates Made Defective by Tax Plan