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

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

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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

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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

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KendraGoossen: 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

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KendraGoossen: 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

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

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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KendraGoossen: 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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KendraKansas’ 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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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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KendraFinal Thoughts: Running, Raising a Puppy and Tax Policy