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BRIEF: Why Senate Bill 30 is a win for Kansas

Thursday, June 15th 2017

Overriding Governor Brownback’s veto of Senate Bill 30 to end Kansas’ failed tax experiment was an incredible step forward for our state. While it will take time to fully recover from five years of fiscal crisis, this year the Kansas Legislature finally set Kansas down the road to financial recovery. Kansans across the state worked […]

THINK PROGRESS: Lawmakers finally rejected Sam Brownback’s bad economic policies

Thursday, June 8th 2017

By Casey Quinlan Kansas is in a fiscal crisis. Lawmakers have to close an over $300 million deficit by this month. Infrastructure spending has been put on hold, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that public schools aren’t being equitably funded, and the failure to expand Medicaid has hurt vulnerable Kansans and cost the state […]

THE ATLANTIC: The death of Kansas’ conservative experiment

Wednesday, June 7th 2017

By Russell Berman The nation’s most aggressive experiment in conservative economic policy is dead.Republican majorities in the Kansas legislature on Tuesday night voted to reverse the deep tax cuts engineered by Governor Sam Brownback five years ago, blaming them for blowing a hole in the state’s budget that threatened the viability of its schools and […]

KIOWA COUNTY SIGNAL: The time to build the path forward is now

Sunday, May 21st 2017

By Kansas Center for Economic Growth Five years ago tomorrow, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law one of the most damaging pieces of state fiscal policy America has ever seen. “Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback took a grand gamble Tuesday with a monumental tax plan that he hopes will spur an economic revival and not an […]

POLL: Most Kansas voters support fixing Brownback tax plan

Thursday, May 18th 2017

By Nadya Faulx A recent poll of voters in Kansas shows wide support for repealing Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax plan.  The nonpartisan Kansas Center for Economic Growth found that roughly 67 percent of the voters surveyed disapprove of Brownback’s tax cut package — which cut income taxes and removed taxes on many businesses. Approximately […]

THE GUARDIAN: ‘We are a cautionary tale’: Kansas feels the pain of massive Trump-style tax cuts

Monday, May 15th 2017

By Dominic Rushe Kansas is broke – but you wouldn’t guess it looking at its shining state capitol in Topeka. The imposing limestone monument, crowned by a shiny copper dome and limned with John Steuart Curry’s luminous murals, has just undergone a $325m facelift. What’s happening inside the state house is a lot less pretty, […]

KIOWA COUNTY SIGNAL: KCEG urges caution as tax debate starts fresh

Sunday, May 7th 2017

By Kansas Center For Economic Growth TOPEKA – This past week the Kansas Senate took up the Conference Committee Report on House Bill 2067, the first comprehensive tax reform proposal of the veto session. When the debate was abruptly canceled, Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) Executive Director Heidi Holliday urged the Legislature to proceed […]

TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL: Editorial: Tax reform is just the beginning

Saturday, May 6th 2017

As the slog toward tax reform continues, lawmakers should remember that they’re doing more than addressing an immediate shortfall — they’re making decisions that will either lead to a structurally balanced budget or fiscal upheaval for years to come. They should also recognize that a single tax bill won’t fix everything — the destructive legacy […]

MCPHERSON SENTINEL: Rise Up Kansas makes push for balanced budget

Monday, May 1st 2017

By Josh Arnett For Duane Goossen and Annie McKay, it’s a race against financial self-destruction. Goossen, senior fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, and McKay, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children, have been traveling around Kansas to speak on behalf of Rise Up Kansas. They go around discussing the state’s ongoing […]

WASHINGTON POST: Kansas: Exhibit A against trickle-down tax cuts

Monday, May 1st 2017

By Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg The novelist Thomas Pynchon said something worth remembering when we find ourselves arguing about whether, as the Trump administration claims, trickle-down tax cuts will pay for themselves: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” No credible analyst would claim that […]