New Tax Plan Sets the Stage for Staggering Cuts to Programs for Working Families and Children

Dec. 20, 2017 Topeka, KS – Following the Senate and House passage of the GOP tax bill, Executive Director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth Heidi Holliday released the following statement: “Today, the Senate and House passed a massive tax plan that will reshape our nation’s economy for the worse, slashing rates permanently for … Read More

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ClayNew Tax Plan Sets the Stage for Staggering Cuts to Programs for Working Families and Children

Goossen: On the Road to Recovery, but Not There Yet

Duane Goossen Dec. 13, 2017 As of November, Kansas now has a new estimate of general fund revenue and five months of collection experience following the repeal of the Brownback tax experiment. What are the key takeaways from this information? Repealing the tax experiment made a huge difference. Income tax receipts dropped dramatically in FY 2014 … Read More

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Holliday: Federal Tax Plans Threaten Kansas’ Fiscal Recovery

Heidi Holliday Nov. 27, 2017 Tax cuts for the wealthy. Extreme revenue loss. Deep funding cuts to schools and to other public investments that create thriving communities. Sound familiar, Kansas? It should. Just one year after Kansas voters began the process of rejecting the Brownback tax plan, and five months after lawmakers voted to end … Read More

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Stuck in the Middle: Health and Prosperity Index Policy Update

Nov. 21, 2017 All Kansans want to live in a state where families, communities, and the economy thrive. That’s why last fall, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth released its Health and Prosperity Index, which compared Kansas and its neighboring states using nearly 40 indicators. The indicators included: Social and Community Context Education, Employment, and … Read More

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Goossen: Kansas Still Has a Budget Gap

Duane Goossen Nov. 1, 2017 Kansas lawmakers took a giant step toward financial health in June! By overriding Gov. Brownback’s tax bill veto, a bipartisan supermajority dramatically reduced the structural budget deficit in the state’s general fund. But much more work must be done before Kansas finances recover from the disastrous and unaffordable income tax … Read More

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Steady Job Growth Numbers in Kansas, Too Early to Analyze Impacts of Senate Bill 30

Sept. 29, 2017 New job growth and unemployment numbers for Kansas were released last week. The numbers showed a slight increase in job growth from the previous month, with 800 new jobs added in August. The numbers also showed a slight increase of 0.2% in unemployment, which measures people who are jobless, actively seeking work, … Read More

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ClaySteady Job Growth Numbers in Kansas, Too Early to Analyze Impacts of Senate Bill 30

Mending the Damage of Deep Tax Cuts at the Local Level

Sept. 27, 2017 Recently passed comprehensive tax reform legislation (Senate Bill 30), coupled with Governor Brownback’s upcoming departure to a new federal post, has marked an end to the Brownback era and its signature tax cuts. The 2017 comprehensive tax reform plan was the first step in putting Kansas back on the road to economic … Read More

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ClayMending the Damage of Deep Tax Cuts at the Local Level

Effective Mental Health Services Depend on Investing in a Quality Public Workforce

Guest post by Kansas Organization of State Employees Sept. 14, 2017 Families and communities need an effective system of mental health services in order to thrive. Funding and staffing cutbacks in the state’s system in recent years jeopardize the ability of this system to accomplish its public mission of caring for people affected by mental illnesses. … Read More

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Goossen: Revenue Reset

Duane Goossen Sept. 6, 2017 Gov. Brownback’s tax experiment brought havoc to the Kansas budget and put the state’s general fund in severe financial distress. But in June, a bipartisan supermajority of lawmakers rescinded those policies in a dramatic veto override and put Kansas back on a more stable financial path. The chart below tells … Read More

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Reinvesting in the Backbone of Kansas

Guest post by American Federation of Teachers – Kansas Sept. 7, 2017 The people of Kansas believe in service to others. At the American Federation of Teachers – Kansas (AFT-Kansas) we echo this commitment and work tirelessly to ensure that the State’s public employees and the communities they serve are given the best possible opportunities … Read More

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ClayReinvesting in the Backbone of Kansas