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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Sales Tax Hike Will Hit the Bottom Line of Kansas Businesses

Increasing the state sales tax is not just a tax hike for you and me, but for our favorite local businesses too. The idea behind raising “consumption” taxes is that if you want to pay less in taxes, buy fewer things. But if a business wants to grow and increase size, they have no choice … Read More

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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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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