Goossen: Income Tax Cuts Broke the Kansas Budget

Duane Goossen July 13, 2016 Another year of revenue data just went into the statistics books. The 2016 fiscal-year-end revenue report offers more evidence of how dramatically the 2012 income tax cuts have affected the Kansas budget. Kansas does not receive nearly enough revenue to pay the bills. In FY 2014, general fund tax revenue … Read More

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Lisa OwenGoossen: Income Tax Cuts Broke the Kansas Budget

Kansas’ Low Unemployment Rate Has Nothing to do With Tax Cuts

June 28, 2016 The decline now being seen in Kansas’ unemployment rate has everything to do with the nation’s continuing recovery from the recession and nothing to do with tax cuts in Kansas – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Unemployment is dropping across the country, both in states that cut taxes and in … Read More

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Lisa OwenKansas’ Low Unemployment Rate Has Nothing to do With Tax Cuts

Goossen: The Big Shift

Duane Goossen June 15, 2016 The income tax cuts of 2012 that continue to wreak havoc on the Kansas budget did not actually yield a reduction in taxes for many Kansans. Lawmakers raised other taxes and fees to partially offset the loss of income tax revenue. The net result: Wealthy Kansans still benefited, but the … Read More

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Lisa OwenGoossen: The Big Shift

Final Thoughts: Running, Raising a Puppy and Tax Policy

Annie McKay June 1, 2016 As I transition to President and CEO of Kansas Action for Children on June 1st, I have reflected on my time as the Executive Director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the work of the Center since its inception three and … Read More

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Lisa OwenFinal Thoughts: Running, Raising a Puppy and Tax Policy

Goossen: Set Up for More Financial Trouble

Duane Goossen May 18, 2016 Expect financial turmoil in Kansas to continue. Lawmakers left Topeka after approving revisions to the budgets already in place for FY 2016 and FY 2017, but failed to solve the underlying problem facing the state. As a result of unaffordable tax cuts, Kansas does not receive enough revenue to pay … Read More

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Lisa OwenGoossen: Set Up for More Financial Trouble

The Flipside – Kansas’ Tax Revenues and Jobs Compared to Our Neighbors

May 11, 2016 When it comes to jobs and income tax revenue, Kansas is the flip side of its neighbors. Kansas’ job growth is behind the region and, compared to the period before the tax cuts, our income tax revenues haven’t recovered. Meanwhile, the region sees healthy growth. This matters because we were told revenue … Read More

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Lisa OwenThe Flipside – Kansas’ Tax Revenues and Jobs Compared to Our Neighbors

Goossen: Budget Goes Deeper Underwater

Duane Goossen April 21, 2016 Kansas revenue forecasters just lowered expectations for tax revenue in FY 2016 and FY 2017 by $348 million, putting the budgets for those two years deeply in the red. Make no mistake. The problem directly results from steep income tax cuts enacted in 2012 and 2013. Note the chart below. … Read More

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Lisa OwenGoossen: Budget Goes Deeper Underwater

Gary Brunk: The part of Kansas’ tax code that still works

Gary Brunk – guest blog post April 18, 2016 This tax season, more than 330,000 Kansas businesses were exempt from paying income taxes. While those businesses obviously benefited from the tax exemption, there is no evidence that – as promised – the benefits will spill over to the larger economy. The failure of the tax … Read More

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Lisa OwenGary Brunk: The part of Kansas’ tax code that still works

Goossen: Kansas Needs a ‘No Excuse’ Revenue Estimate

Duane Goossen April 14, 2016 General fund tax collections have failed to meet the mark every month but one in FY 2016. Each instance has triggered expressions of anguish, frustration, and despair, because every miss means something negative—more money transferred away from children, cuts to higher education, lost hope for public schools, or crumbling roads. … Read More

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Lisa OwenGoossen: Kansas Needs a ‘No Excuse’ Revenue Estimate

McKay: The Kansas Economy: Three Jokes for April Fools’ Day

Annie McKay April 1, 2016 I recently reflected on all that’s transpired in the last year, taking stock of progress, change, and where work remains to be done. Last year on April 1st KCEG, along with other allied organizations, held a press event at the statehouse where we called on the Governor and policymakers to … Read More

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Lisa OwenMcKay: The Kansas Economy: Three Jokes for April Fools’ Day