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WICHITA EAGLE: ‘Too much spending’ is Kansas’ tall tale

Sunday, July 30th 2017

By Duane Goossen The recently overturned Kansas tax experiment was sold to Kansans with a tall tale: “Big income tax cuts bring economic prosperity without any pain.” Eventually most Kansans realized the story was false, and their legislators ended the experiment with a bipartisan veto override. Then, very quickly, a new story began to circulate: […]

TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL: Why tax reform was necessary

Monday, July 3rd 2017

By Majority Leader of the Kansas House of Representatives Don Hineman Last month, the Kansas Legislature enacted comprehensive tax reform, overturning Gov. Sam Brownback’s overly-aggressive 2012 tax cut. This return to common sense tax policy resulted from legislators listening to their constituents and fulfilling the promises they made during 2016 campaigns. In the end, a […]

TOOLKIT: An Advocate’s Guide to Income Tax Reform

Thursday, June 29th 2017

POLICY SUMMARY Senate Bill 30 has put an end to the most disastrous parts of the Brownback tax experiment and is a crucial first step on Kansas’ road to financial recovery. Here’s why SB 30 is such an important victory for Kansas: It restores a top income tax bracket. The Governor’s plan eliminated the top […]

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 […]