Holliday: In 2018 session, lawmakers made progress for Kansas

Heidi Holliday May 25, 2018 Last June, when a bipartisan majority of Kansas lawmakers passed comprehensive tax reform, we knew that recovery from the Brownback tax plan would take time. In the 2018 session, legislators made significant progress for our state, advancing good policies and rejecting proposals that would endanger Kansas’ recovery. Here are some … Read More

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Veto Session vocabulary primer

April 30, 2018 Much of the attention this legislative session has been on the state budget and school finance – not on the effects of the federal tax law changes on our state. As the Legislature begins week two of the veto session, we thought we’d take this opportunity to define some key terms in … Read More

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Kansas House should reject irresponsible budget proviso

April 26, 2018 When the Kansas House debates the budget bill (House Bill 2365) on Friday, they should vote to remove an irresponsible provision added Wednesday night that would automatically eliminate most of this year’s budget work if the Supreme Court rules that school finance is inadequate. To refresh, Kansas is in the second year … Read More

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Revenue looks better than expected. Don’t mess with it!

Duane Goossen April 24, 2018 Kansas revenue estimators have revised the official forecast of FY 2018 and FY 2019 general fund revenue … upward! The new forecast should smooth the way for a quick conclusion to the 2018 legislative session, as lawmakers work to finish a budget and achieve adequate funding for public education. Individual … Read More

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KCEG urges lawmakers to reject Senate Substitute for HB 2228

April 17, 2018 On April 7, the Kansas Senate passed Substitute for House Bill 2228. On its surface, this bill addresses issues from the federal tax plan passed in December. However, it also includes extremely fiscally irresponsible provisions that will cost the state at least $494 million over the next five years – revenue that … Read More

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The Kansas financial health ‘to do’ list

Duane Goossen April 16, 2018 The Kansas tax experiment, which played out from 2012 through 2017, deeply damaged Kansas finances. Income tax cuts choked revenue to the general fund and created a multi-year budget crisis. In 2017, lawmakers reversed much of the tax experiment, but many steps remain to be completed before Kansas returns to … Read More

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Tax bill could sidetrack Kansas on road to recovery

April 7, 2018 Saturday night, the Kansas Senate passed Substitute for HB 2228. The Kansas Center for Economic Growth urges lawmakers to oppose any tax cuts at this time, as they would only increase budget uncertainty while our state works to rebuild from years of failed tax policy. Some estimates indicate that this bill would … Read More

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Courts shouldn’t be cut out of school funding; amendment would undercut Kansas’ recovery

April 3, 2018 The Kansas Center for Economic Growth opposes the latest attempt (HCR 5029) to remove court oversight of public education funding through a constitutional amendment. Extreme policy caused Kansas’ current challenges, and extreme changes to our state constitution aren’t the answer. Kansas courts and schools did not create the state’s fiscal crisis. Failed … Read More

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KCEG policy brief encourages lawmakers to evaluate tax incentives

A new policy brief from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth emphasizes the importance of tracking and measuring state tax incentives. Currently, Kansas trails the nation and region by not having a plan to regularly evaluate tax incentives, allowing lawmakers to measure economic impact and make informed policy choices. Although Kansas spends millions of dollars … Read More

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Finding the lay of the land: Behind the scenes of KCEG’s latest report

March 26, 2018 Assistant Research Analyst Michael Raven sat down to answer a few questions about the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s latest paper, which takes on the argument that a “rural recession” erased the effects Governor Sam Brownback’s tax “experiment.” “Lay of the land: Understanding commodity prices, tax policy, and the Kansas economy” comes … Read More

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ClayFinding the lay of the land: Behind the scenes of KCEG’s latest report