Paycheck to Paycheck: Why July 31st Matters for Kansas

By Annie McKay July 31, 2015 July 31st is probably not a particularly noteworthy day for most Kansans. They’re going to work, taking their kids shopping for new school supplies, and making family plans for the few remaining days of summer. But for those who have been closely following the story of Kansas’ self-imposed fiscal … Read More

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Goossen: Sizing Down FY 2015 Revenue

By Duane Goossen July 16, 2015 Fiscal year 2015 is history. Revenue collections during the year never lived up to expectations. After general fund income dropped dramatically in FY 2014, the governor and too many lawmakers still held out false hope that receipts would rebound in FY 2015. Instead, the Kansas revenue stream stayed at … Read More

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Tax Hikes to Protect Businesses Hit Working Kansans Hardest

June 25, 2015 The end-result of this years’ historically long session was quite predictable: taxes were raised on hard-working Kansans to cover the budget shortfall caused by the unaffordable tax cuts of 2012-13. The increases recently adopted will fall primarily on low- and moderate-income Kansans because such a big chunk of the new money will … Read More

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Goossen: Undo tax policy that created budget problem

In all the hubbub of the overtime Kansas legislative session, the obvious solution to crippling state financial problems gets little traction. In fact, the governor threatens a veto if it would pass. Why not undo the tax policy that created the problem? Steep income tax cuts directly caused a massive revenue loss – $700 million … Read More

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Business Tax Exemption Not a Roadmap to a Stronger Economy

May 28, 2015 The driving argument behind eliminating income tax from many Kansas businesses is not working as intended.  The promise was that business owners would save so much money they would create jobs and would bring more people to our state.  But when you dig deeper into how that exemption works and who benefits … 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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ClayFool Kansans Once… ‘100,000 New Jobs’ Promise Doesn’t Stack Up to Current Growth

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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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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Takeaways on Tax Day

April 15, 2014 This tax season, Kansans earning the least among us are going to pay more while those with the highest incomes are going to pay less—a whole lot less. Why? Well, it all stems from the deep tax cuts enacted over the last two years, and it’s going to set us back in … Read More

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