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: 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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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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Private Job Growth: The Reality about Raw Numbers vs Rate

May 14, 2015 Proponents of Kansas’ unprecedented tax policy changes talk a lot about the creation of private sector jobs in Kansas.  The conversation may lead you to believe their claim that the state is seeing success as a result of the tax cuts.  Kansas’ private sector job growth reveals that upon closer examination of … Read More

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Kansas Better Off Before Tax Changes

May 11, 2015 How much are the unprecedented tax changes helping the average Kansan? Not a lot. Despite claims that tax policies are “putting more money in people’s pockets,’’ we’re actually seeing a slowdown in the growth of personal income compared to before the changes were signed into law. Recently, the tax policies were touted … 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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Gary Brunk: Restoring revenue is the first step toward an economy that works for everyone

April 15, 2015 By Gary Brunk Kansas needs an economy that works for everyone, where opportunity is available to all. To make that happen we need to restore revenues – and it needs to be done by repealing the 2012 income tax cuts instead of raising taxes on low- and moderate-income families. During the Great … 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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