May 28, 2024

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Tag: Taxes

Democrats push property tax hike on cars, farms, businesses

With the legislative session just around the corner, Kansas House Democrats are pushing a big property tax increase on cars…

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Kansas has lost 5,500 private-sector jobs in 2023, rest of the region gains

Kansas is the only state in the region that has lost private-sector jobs so far in 2023 according to statistics…

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Johnson County residents are looking at another big property tax hike

Johnson County is setting taxpayers up for another big property tax increase in 2024, based on the presentation that county…

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Big pay increases for JoCo employees mean tax hikes for residents

While the “pronoun pins” the Johnson County government recently purchased are a fairly minor cost to the taxpayers, the big…

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Audit: Economic development ‘incentives’ don’t cover costs to taxpayers

A recent audit of economic development “incentive” programs by the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit found that — while…

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‘Responsible Kansas Budget’ would introduce accountability, save taxpayers billions

As the 2023 legislative session gets underway, Sentinel’s parent company Kansas Policy Institute is asking state lawmakers to avoid further…

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GOP legislators offer Kansans “A Better Way” in 2023

As the Kansas Legislature reconvenes, Republican leaders unveil their 2023 agenda, offering “A Better Way: Our Commitment to Kansas” The…

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Board of Tax Appeals hands Truth in Taxation victory to KJI, Baldwin City taxpayers

In a victory for the Kansas Justice Institute and Baldwin City taxpayers, the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals on Thursday,…

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Big property tax hikes proposed by most officials in Johnson County

As if past property tax increases that far exceed the change in inflation and population aren’t bad enough, most elected…

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Public invited to candidate forums on education, taxes, spending, regulation

The Kansas Policy Institute is sponsoring two events this week of interest to candidates and taxpayers, focusing on important public…

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Schmidt proposes eliminating state income tax on retirees

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt — who is running for Kansas Governor — has proposed allowing Kansas residents to “retire…

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Kansas adds government jobs, loses private employment in April

Kansas already ranks as the second-most over-governed state in the nation, behind only Wyoming as the state with the most…

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RSPS: Kansas is in bottom half of state economic performance

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly ranks in the bottom half of governors nationally, but according to the American Legislative Exchange Council,…

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Mississippi becomes third state this year to move to flat tax

While Governor Kelly’s handpicked Tax Council recommends adding a fourth income tax bracket as suggested by her Council on Racial…

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City, Wind Surge hit customers with undisclosed tax & fee

Wichita city leaders are up in arms after the Wichita Eagle reported the owners of the Wind Surge — the…

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Responsible Kansas Budget would control spending

As the Kansas Legislature weighs Governor Kelly’s budget proposals during the current session, the Kansas Policy Institute — which owns…

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Chamber business leader survey shows taxes are too high in KS

The Tax Foundation last year said Kansas has the highest effective tax rates in the nation on mature businesses, and…

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‘Build Back Better’ backfire would cost Kansans 47,000 jobs

President Joe Biden’s $5 trillion Build Back Better plan would have significant negative impacts on the Kansas economy, according to…

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Biden $3.5 trillion boondoggle slaps methane tax on oil and gas producers

If the Biden administration and the progressive caucus have their way on what the Wall Street Journal calls the $3.5…

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Petition asks legislature to halt skyrocketing electric rates

Kansas has some of the highest electric utility rates in the region, with residents paying — on average — 25%…

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Biden proposal would give the IRS access to your bank account

Tax law and federal budgets are inherently boring things, so it comes as no surprise that language is often slipped…

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Kelly admin celebrates destructive business tax climate

Apparently desperate for some sort of win to distract from a moribund state economy, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, in a…

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Kansas has 4th-worst tax environment for retirees in the nation

According to Kiplinger’s, Kansas is the fourth-worst state in the nation for retirees, based on each state’s tax scheme. According…

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United Van Lines: Kansas is the 6th most departed state

According to a study by United Van Lines, in 2020, Kansas ranked sixth among the 50 states in the percentage…

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