FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 7, 2018
Kansas Center for Economic Growth welcomes incoming Gov. Kelly; need for sensible tax policy remains
Topeka, KS — This year’s election season has been long, and the Kansas Center for Economic Growth project appreciates the contributions of candidates and voters across the state.
We welcome incoming Gov. Laura Kelly and the new members of the Kansas legislature, and KCEG looks forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats to continue restoring our state’s budget.
We can’t forget where our state has been. In the summer of 2017, a bipartisan majority came together to end former Gov. Sam Brownback’s catastrophic tax experiment. Our state had suffered greatly, undergoing nine rounds of budget cuts, three credit downgrades, and repeated sweeps from state highway and retirement funds.
“The Kansas story is inspirational,” said KCEG Director Emily Fetsch. “It took so many people working together to restore sensible tax policy.”
We said then that recovery would be a long road. Last session, the legislature made important progress, restoring funding to programs for kids and families and stopping a risky tax plan during veto session. But so much remains to be done.
This session, lawmakers should continue to explore opportunities to raise revenue to support our recovery. As ever, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth stands ready to work across party lines — and with the new administration — to make sure our state has the resources needed to thrive.
“Before the tax experiment, Kansas had a long history of responsible budgeting and public investments,” Fetsch said. “We look forward to restoring that tradition.”