June 21, 2024

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Kansas has the most domestic migration loss among neighboring states

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Kansas had the worst record in 2023 among bordering states on domestic migration, as more U.S. residents moved out-of-state than moving in, according to data from the U. S. Census.

It’s a continuing trend for The Sunflower State as residents seek a variety of opportunities elsewhere:

Kansas had a net loss of 4,574 people over the 12 months ended July 1, 2023.  Nebraska had a net loss of 834 people, but other bordering states each gained population.  Colorado had a net gain of 7,236 while Missouri added 11,171 and Oklahoma had a net gain of 23,587.

Some observers see Kansas’ high tax rates on income, sales, and property as impediments to job opportunities and contributing to the domestic migration exodus from the state. Last year, Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a tax relief package of $244 million after the legislature had adjourned and had no opportunity to try to override the veto.  Kelly also vetoed legislation that would have provided $1.4 billion in tax relief over three years.

Elizabeth Patton with Americans for Prosperity – Kansas sees tax reform as vital in the upcoming session of the Kansas Legislature:

“While Governor Kelly’s vision for the state includes more government and vetoing over 20 tax cuts, AFP-KS is holding the line, and we’re fighting for historic, systemic tax reform with the start of this new legislative session. We’re also pushing back on bad policies such as Right of First Refusal (ROFR) legislation, which would restrict the market and drive up energy costs.”

Last year, Nebraska acted to reverse its negative domestic migration position just ahead of Kansas by passing a six-year, $6.4 billion tax reform package. Among the elements:

  • Individual rates of 6.64% and 5.01% are reduced to a single rate of 3.99% by 2027
  • The corporate rate, now at 7.25%, will also be reduced to 3.99% by 2027
  • $1.76 billion in property tax relief
  • Up to$15 million yearly in refundable income tax credits for childcare expense

Additionally, as of the new year, Nebraskans on Social Security will no longer pay state income tax on their benefits.

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