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: How Big is the Gap?

May 20, 2015 Kansas has nearly an $800 million gap between revenue and expenses. However, as lawmakers struggle to balance income and expense, press reports often refer to a $400 million-plus gap. Why? Start with expenses. The Legislature has not yet passed a budget for FY 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), so … 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

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