Kansas Center for Economic Growth Budget Guide
The purpose of this Budget Guide is to provide an overview of basic tax principles, the Kansas budget process, and the components of Kansas’ budget. Understanding the relationship between the budget, tax policy, and state services is integral to an informed and well-reasoned political environment.

Furthering federal funding to bolster outcomes for Kansas kids
We know what children need to succeed. Every Kansas child should have high-quality early education, nurturing places and spaces, and routine health care. These investments in the early years create a foundation for growth and development that lasts a lifetime. However, current Kansas law makes it difficult for children and families to receive these investments.

Lay of the land: Understanding commodity prices, tax policy and the Kansas economy
Former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback staked his state’s economic future on a tax experiment that led to a drastic reduction of revenue, credit downgrades, and cuts to vital services. When Kansas spiraled into budgetary disaster, the governor said a “rural recession” caused by declining global commodity prices was to blame. The data, though, tells a different story. (Read the report in HTML format.)

Oppose Senate Concurrent Resolution 1611
Scholars, economists, lawmakers, policy experts, and advocates across the ideological spectrum rightly oppose a convention of states because it could have the unintended consequence of unraveling our nation’s fundamental freedoms. The Constitution is a living document that has withstood the test of time. Lawmakers have taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, not rewrite it.

Aid to Locals Report: 2017 Update
The damage from the Great Recession, which began nearly a decade ago, was compounded by Governor Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax plan. While the rest of the country and surrounding states have recovered, cities and counties across Kansas struggle to rebuild post-recession and continue to bear the impact of disinvestment in the programs and services that are key to the state’s high quality of life.

Kansas Can’t Afford Securitization: Selling Off Children’s Initiatives Fund Proceeds Makes the State’s Already Shaky Finances Worse
Selling of revenues from the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to address a self-inficted budget crisis is an irresponsible proposal that carries devastating consequences if enacted. This move, known as ‘securitization,’ would further endanger Kansas’ already unstable fscal standing by making yetanother credit rating downgrade likely and possibly putting the state at risk of billions in toxic debt.

The Future of Kansas is Running on Fumes
Robbing the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Highway Fund to pay for Kansas’ unaffordable tax cuts – including the governor’s proposal to transfer nearly $1.2 billion in the current and next two budget years – is taking a toll on the health of our highways and still fails to address Kansas’ ongoing revenue problem.


Who Pays? The Cost of Kansas’ Tax Cuts for Local Communities
Kansas has sharply reduced state support for schools, libraries and other community services in recent years, forcing towns and cities to cut programs that Kansans depend upon or raise more money locally to sustain them. While the cuts by the state were initially prompted by the Great Recession, the substantial income tax cuts Kansas lawmakers enacted in 2012 and 2013 are draining even more resources and making it nearly impossible to replace vital aid to Kansas communities.


Kansas’ Self-Made Fiscal Cliff
At a time when Kansas could be digging itself out of the hole created by the Great Recession, the state is instead on a path to more economic pain and uncertainty because of unaffordable tax cuts and spending cuts that are eroding the foundations of prosperity. Kansas lawmakers have the opportunity to reverse this course in the upcoming legislative session. They can get back to making investments in schools, transportation, health care and other building blocks of a strong workforce and a sound economy.