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Kansas Democratic Party income tax reckoning

Kansas Democratic Party income tax reckoning

A story told to generate sympathy for working mothers at the expense of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is based on arithmetic that is not plausible. In the response to the State of the State Address, Senator Anthony Hensley told a tale of woe. He said, according to the printed remarks "Take for example the single mother who works full time and lives within her means, but still struggles to provide for her family." That's someone we can empathize with. And, someone who is a key Democratic Party constituent. Here's the burden she faced under Brownback's tax plan, according to Hensley:…
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Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices

Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices

When two liberal newspapers in Kansas notice and report the lies told by a Democratic candidate for governor, we know there's a problem. (Okay, the Kansas City Star is really a Missouri newspaper, but covers Kansas too.) Peter Hancock wrote in the Lawrence Journal World: "Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, reportedly claimed again last week that school funding cuts under Gov. Sam Brownback's administration have led to 'thousands' of teacher layoffs, a claim that has already been shown to be greatly exaggerated." (Davis still exaggerating teacher layoff claims, March 12, 2013) On the same day…
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Kansas government grows faster than private sector

In Kansas, government has grown faster than the private sector. Milton Friedman explains why it's best to leave spending in the private sector. For gross domestic product in Kansas attributable to government, growth was 106.0 percent from 1997 to 2012. For the private sector, growth was 86.5 percent. The nearby chart (click for a larger version) shows Kansas (highlighted in blue) against the other states and regions. (If you'd like to use the interactive visualization of state GDP data, you may click here to open it in a new window.) Considering the government sector, Kansas did well, compared to other…
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Kansas gross domestic product

Since 1997, Kansas gross domestic product has grown 89.1 percent. The United States as a whole has grown 88.2 percent. Considering compound annual rate of growth for the same period, the rate for Kansas is 4.34 percent, and for the U.S. the rate is 4.31 percent. So the record for Kansas is right about in the middle of the states. Not good, but not bad either. Of note: Kansas Democrats have announced their speaker for their annual Washington Days celebration. It's Jennifer Granholm, who was governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In the nearby illustration (click it for larger…
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2013 year in review: Top 10 stories from the Sunflower State

2013 year in review: Top 10 stories from the Sunflower State By Travis Perry, Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. -- It’s over, done, finalized, finito. With the final days and hours of 2013 ticking to a close, we figured it’s a good time for reflection on what the last 12 months have brought the Sunflower State. So, without further delay, Kansas Watchdog presents its Top 10 stories of 2013. 1. Wayward welfare dollars An in-depth investigation into howKansans spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in government welfare money came to a shocking conclusion: a striking number of transactions appear to be going toward anything but…
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Kansas jobs: Who do we believe?

Earlier this week we saw that candidates for Kansas governor have released statements on recent job figures in Kansas. The news releases from Sam Brownback and Paul Davis appear to contain conflicting views of Kansas employment. But we saw that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has two monthly surveys that measure employment levels and trends. There's the Current Population Survey (CPS), also known as the household survey, and there is also the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, also known as the payroll or establishment survey. BLS explains: "These estimates differ because the surveys have distinct definitions of employment and distinct…
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Kansas Democrats on school spending

Kansas Democrats are circulating a graphic that, while probably superficially accurate, fails to present the larger picture of Kansas school spending. The chart claims that Kansas school funding is down 19 percent since 2008. This is after adjusting for inflation, which is a good thing to do when comparing amounts of money separated in time. The Democrats, however, make calculations based on the inflation rate in fiscal year 2014. Since fiscal year 2014 started just three weeks ago, we really don't have any idea what the rate of inflation will be. A larger problem, however, is that Kansas Democrats use…
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For Kansas progressives, it’s all about school spending, not performance

Once again, Kansans are subjected to a rant by Kansas House of Representatives Democratic Leader Paul Davis. On Facebook, he continually complains about the lack of funding for Kansas schools, recently writing "What do you think is more important: tax cuts for millionaires or funding for your local school?" Here are some concepts I wish Davis would explain to his Facebook fans. This might be good practice as he considers a run for the Kansas governorship. First, Kansas schools have increased employment. Second, Kansas schools don’t spend all the money they’ve been given, and the pile of unspent cash continues…
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Kansas school supporters should look more closely

Those such as Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader Paul Davis who uncritically tout Kansas schools as among the best in the nation are harming both students and taxpayers when they fail to recognize why Kansas performs well compared to other states. Davis recently posted on his Facebook page a quote from Geary County schools superintendent Ronald Walker: "Kansas has always performed academically in the top 10 of all states. As bills are introduced in the current Legislature without the input of educators, the state is in jeopardy of losing ground." Kansas does perform well compared to other states on…
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