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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 […]

RESOURCES: The Path Forward

Monday, May 1st 2017

On Monday, May 1st, lawmakers return to the Kansas Capitol for the home stretch of the legislative session. Finally, they must tackle the three most critical issues: balancing the state budget, restoring funding to Kansas schools, and enacting comprehensive tax reform. This is our last shot to demand that lawmakers end the Brownback tax experiment […]

BUSINESS INSIDER: What happened in Kansas

Monday, May 1st 2017

By Gil B. Manzon Jr. and Tim Gray The Trump administration wants to change the way the government taxes so-called pass-through entities. In a nutshell, the Trump proposal would dramatically lower the rates this category of filers pay. This would lead to very creative tax planning at best and outright evasion at worst, while prompting […]

INSIGHT KANSAS: Will the real Susan Wagle please stand up?

Saturday, April 29th 2017

By Ed Flentje Will the real Susan Wagle please stand up? Sen. Wagle of Wichita serves as president of the state Senate, first elected to that post in 2012 and reelected last December. She has served in the Legislature for over one-quarter of a century, elected to the House in 1990, before moving to the […]

ED VOTES: Students deserve better than Gov. Brownback’s failed policies, say Kansas voters

Thursday, April 27th 2017

By Amanda Litvinov Charles Walther recalls that his students were initially excited when they heard the 2014-15 school year was ending early. But then Walther, a social studies teacher at Shawnee Heights Middle School, explained to his 7th-grade government class that when districts like theirs are forced to cut school days from the calendar, they […]

KPR: Kansas Lawmakers Consider Overriding Brownback’s Veto Pen

Thursday, April 27th 2017

By Stephen Koranda Gov. Sam Brownback kicked off the Kansas legislative session by drawing lines in the sand on taxes, spending and Medicaid expansion, and he has defended those positions with his veto pen. The question when lawmakers return Monday to Topeka is whether those vetoes will hold up. In January Brownback stood before Kansas […]

WICHITA EAGLE: Trump tax cut could validate Kansas policy – or it could bust budget

Wednesday, April 26th 2017

By Jonathan Shorman President Trump’s plan to cut taxes on business income is drawing comparisons to Kansas – and is prompting some in the state to sound the alarm. “I encourage him to try things that are bold and different,” said Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria who chairs the House Tax Committee. “I don’t think this […]

SLATE: Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Would Turn the Whole U.S. Into Kansas

Wednesday, April 26th 2017

By Jordan Weissmann It is hard to think of a more obvious recent public-policy failure than the tax cuts that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012. The state has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since the package passed, forcing its residents to swallow painful spending cuts in essential areas like education. […]