Goossen: Hanging on by the Fingernails

June 17, 2015 The record-long 2015 Kansas legislative session ended with a record-breaking tax increase.  There’s no more potent illustration of the failure of the 2012 tax policy changes than to see 21 Senators and 63 Representatives, including many staunch anti-tax lawmakers, vote for new taxes while attempting to halt a budget crisis brought on … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Revised Revenue Forecast Predicts Deeper Hole

April 24, 2015 Kansas has a newly revised revenue forecast which further lowers expectations for future general fund receipts. Take notice of three key things: 1. Revenue has fallen sharply, with no rebound in sight. The 2012 and 2013 tax cuts led to a $688 million drop (10.8 percent) in overall revenue in FY 2014, … Read More

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Duane Goossen: Lawmakers Make It Clear: Kansas has a Revenue Problem

April 9, 2015 Stop the talk about Kansas having a spending problem. It’s not true, and our lawmakers have just shown how false that claim is. The Senate Ways and Means Committee has passed a FY 2016 general fund budget with expenditures set at $6.478 billion and the full Senate adopted that budget. Although the … Read More

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ClayDuane Goossen: Lawmakers Make It Clear: Kansas has a Revenue Problem

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: 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: 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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ClayDuane Goossen: Governor’s Budget Misses the Mark

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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ClayDuane Goossen: The FY15 Budget Is Not Fixed Yet

Kansas’ Education Cuts – In Their Own Words

Sept. 2, 2014 Our latest report, “Quality At Risk: Impact of Education Cuts,” marks a new approach to KCEG’s research and analysis – including the voices of Kansans directly impacted by and connected to the investment we examined: K-12 education. While the pool of data on Kansas’ public schools is deep, it can sometimes miss … Read More

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ClayKansas’ Education Cuts – In Their Own Words