Kansas Prioritizes Tax Cuts Over Kids

March 26, 2015 As states in our region – and around the country – use higher revenues to invest in education, Kansas’ deep tax cuts are causing our schools to fall behind. While facing a $344 million budget shortfall for the current year, Gov. Brownback announced $28 million in cuts to K-12 education. Cuts to … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Transfers Won’t Fix Kansas’ Financial Problem

March 19, 2015 Kansas needs a stable, ongoing revenue stream that reasonably matches expense costs. Isn’t that logical? Income should equal expenses. It may be logical, but the governor did not propose it, and so far, legislators have shown few signs of heading in that direction. The Kansas budget is structurally out of balance. Future … Read More

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ClayDuane Goossen: Transfers Won’t Fix Kansas’ Financial Problem

Duane Goossen: The Expectations Game

March 5, 2015 February general fund revenue in Kansas was $22 million ahead of “expectations,” yet $19 million below the amount collected in February 2014. How can that be? After all, the official revenue forecast predicts that general fund revenue will grow in FY 2015, not fall back. Maybe the “expectations” need some examination. To … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Governor’s School Finance Cuts

Feb. 18, 2015 The governor’s budget recommends significant school finance cuts for FY 2016 that would directly reduce money going to Kansas classrooms. The recent cuts that the governor imposed on the approved FY 2015 budget sets into motion some of those reductions right now. The chart below outlines the governor’s budget proposals released in … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Revenue Continues Downward Path

Feb. 5, 2015 Seven months into fiscal year 2015, general fund receipts remain below last year’s level. That leaves a very grim outlook for the Kansas budget. A quick review: In FY 2014 revenue dropped precipitously—$688 million down in one year. Now with FY 2015 more than half over, revenue is $65 million under the … Read More

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Fool Kansans Once… ‘100,000 New Jobs’ Promise Doesn’t Stack Up to Current Growth

Jan. 28, 2015 State tax cuts haven’t brought a surge in job growth – even though we were told they would be like a “shot of adrenaline” to the heart of the Kansas economy. In fact, since the tax cuts were enacted, Kansas has continued to lag behind the United States and the region in … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Governor’s Budget Misses the Mark

Jan. 22, 2015 What to do? Income to the Kansas general fund has fallen so low that it no longer comes close to supporting normal, reasonable expenses, and the bank account is empty. The governor has sent the Legislature a proposed budget to address the situation, but his recommended solutions do not strike at the … Read More

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Duane Goossen: The FY15 Budget Is Not Fixed Yet

Jan. 15, 2015 Watch out! Even though the governor has proposed a way for Kansas to financially stumble through fiscal year 2015, most of his recommendations require legislative approval to become effective. With the legislative session just beginning, anything could happen. Schools, human service programs, and other key state services are still very vulnerable to … Read More

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Math is Wrong on Kansas Migration

Dec. 17, 2014 Following Kansas’ deep, damaging tax cuts, the state had a net loss of population to other states in our region and the U.S. as a whole, not the increase that Gov. Brownback recently claimed. The tax cuts of 2012-13 haven’t caused people in the region or country to flock to Kansas because … Read More

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Kansas’ Job Growth: Path to Prosperity or Detour to Poverty?

Oct. 29, 2014 It’s nice to be in Kansas, where we enjoy pretty low unemployment. Knowing that more people are working is a hopeful sign of economic recovery. But low unemployment doesn’t mean everyone has good jobs. Many of the fastest growing jobs in Kansas pay wages that keep a family below the poverty line. … Read More

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