Kansas state government

Articles about Kansas, its government, and public policy in Kansas.

Kansas Media Spin on Moderates and Conservatives

Here's a very good piece on Kansas politics written by Karl Peterjohn of the Kansas Taxpayers Network. Karl has amazing knowledge of Kansas politics and politicians of the past two decades. I wish he would write a book about it. Kansas Media Spin on Moderates and Conservatives Karl Peterjohn, Executive Director Kansas Taxpayers Network The liberal Republican Steve Rose has taken a break from advocating tax hikes to editorialize in the Johnson County Sun newspapers contrasting the difference between GOP "moderates" and "conservatives." He does this without mentioning fiscal, property rights and other issues. I'm copying Rose's commentary at the…
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More Under Reported Kansas News

More Under Reported Kansas News By Karl Peterjohn, Executive Director Kansas Taxpayers Network There are at least two stories that have not received the mainstream news media attention that they deserve in Kansas. Kansans need more information than they have received and the readers should decide whether the following is unreported or just under reported in their daily, mainstream newspaper coverage. It was headlines across Kansas when Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison announced his candidacy for Attorney General. Morrison, a liberal Johnson County Republican prior to his announcement, bailed out of the GOP said he was going to run…
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Kansas Income Growth Lags

By Karl Peterjohn You will earn more if you do not work in Kansas. That is nothing new but the size and scope of the economic problem facing Kansans has become more vivid. National data has regularly shown that Kansans' incomes are lower than the national average and this is impacting the economic climate in this state. In September, Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research issued a report showing how badly Kansas lagged with the fastest and slowest growing parts of the United States. In this report Kansas vividly contrasted with fast growing Colorado in all…
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Taxpayer Bill Of Rights (TABOR) eviscerated

By Karl Peterjohn Governor Bill Owens won a Pyrrhic victory in his campaign to eliminate the Taxpayers Bill Of Rights (TABOR) limits on government growth in Colorado. Owens' short lived Proposition C victory will lead to a host of long term consequences that are mainly negative for Coloradans looking for a better economic future for themselves and their families. Passage of Proposition C is huge defeat for economic freedom across the country and a setback for fiscal responsibility. The passage of Proposition C will mark a key political and public policy turning point that ends Owens' career as a fiscally…
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Reports of TABOR’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

by Alan Cobb The supporters of Big Government were overjoyed this week when 52 percent of Colorado voters backed an effort to fix a glitch in that state's hugely successful Taxpayer's Bill of Rights by allowing the state government to keep an estimated $3.7 billion in scheduled tax relief over the next five years. This vote, they claimed, was a sign that the voters of Colorado had rejected their Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, and that taxpayers across the nation should consider the Colorado vote a reason to oppose similar tax-and-spending limits in their own states. On the contrary, what Coloradoans…
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What Is the true state of public education in Kansas?

On a web page that is part of the National Education Association website, we can read some good news about Kansas schools. Here are some of the headlines to be found on that page: Math Scores Are Among the Nation's Best Math Scores Are Up Among the Best in the Nation in Students Going on to College College Entrance Exams Are Among the Nation's Best Among the Best Gains in the Nation in Students Going to College ACT Scores Are Rising More Students Are Taking ACTs Public School Students Outperform Private School Students on AP Exams AP Scores Are Among…
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How About Something Simple Like the Truth

How About Something Simple Like the Truth Alan Cobb, Americans For Prosperity, Kansas I had a great time visiting 23 cities across Kansas last week to promote the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR). The number of supporters vastly outnumbered the opponents, but both sides had more folks come out than I ever imagined. During the tour, several things became clear. While TABOR supporters offer hope and solutions to getting out of our economic slump, opponents offer nothing but nay-saying, scare tactics and misinformation. In fact, the flagrantly dishonest information being spread is simply breathtaking. Let's remember all the Taxpayer's Bill…
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Criticism of Bob Corkins reveals true motivations

I have not met Bob Corkins, but I have read some of his articles. I published several on the Voice For Liberty in Wichita. He is in favor of school choice, and that is one thing that the education establishment, education bureaucrats, and teachers unions are very much opposed to. Never mind that allowing school choice could be the quickest and easiest thing we can do to improve schools in Kansas. As Harvard economist Caroline Hoxby has noted regarding school choice in Milwaukee: From 1998-1999 onwards, the schools that faced the most competition from the vouchers improved student achievement radically--by…
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TABORTruth.org Not Quite So

Right away the website tabortruth.org states: "TABOR proponents are baiting citizens with the allure of tax cuts, ..." My understanding of proposals for a TABOR in Kansas doesn't include tax cuts, except in one case. That's because taxing and spending will proceed in this way: First, spend up to the limit imposed by the sum of inflation plus population growth. Then, put some tax money away in the emergency and budget stabilization fund. Then -- and only then -- if there were excess tax revenues, they would be sent back to the taxpayer. This doesn't sound to me like much…
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Fact Sheet: The Truth About Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights amendment has been an overwhelming success in Colorado. Colorado's TABOR has successfully restrained the growth of state government and allowed millions of taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money. Since Colorado enacted the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights in 1992, the state has experienced one of the strongest economic growth rates in the country and has provided taxpayers with more than $3 billion in tax rebates and refunds. Colorado experienced a challenge almost entirely because of Amendment 23 -- a state constitutional amendment that mandates large increases in spending on education programs. The ultimate answer…
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