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Decoding Duane Goossen

Decoding Duane Goossen

When reading the writings of former Kansas State Budget Director Duane Goossen, it's useful to have a guide grounded in reality. In a look back at the Kansas Legislature this year, former state budget director Duane Goossen has a few opinions. Here are a few, as appeared in the Wichita Eagle, and some counter arguments. "Kansans, we are done being kicked around." No, Kansans are just starting to be kicked around even harder. That's what higher taxes represent. "We became famous, the poster state for bad tax policy." No, Kansas became the poster state for bad spending policy. Our legislature…
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Explaining the Kansas budget, in a way

Explaining the Kansas budget, in a way

A video explaining the Kansas budget is accurate in many aspects, but portrays a false and harmful myth regarding school spending. A popular video explaining the Kansas budget deserves scrutiny for some of the data presented. The video is available at the Facebook page of Loud Light. The presentation makes a few good points. For example, the video is correct in that the sales tax is a regressive tax, affecting low-income households in greater proportion. During the capaign for a Wichita city sales tax in 2014 I analyzed Census Bureau data and found that the lowest income class of families…
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Wichita student/teacher ratios

Wichita student/teacher ratios

Despite years of purported budget cuts, the Wichita public school district has been able to improve or maintain student/teacher ratios. When discussing school funding, there is controversy over how spending should be measured. What funds are included? Is KPERS included? Should we adjust for enrollment and inflation? What about bond and interest funds and capital outlay? The largest expenditures of schools -- some 80 percent nationwide -- is personnel costs. In Kansas, and Wichita in particular, we're told that budget cuts are causing school class sizes to increase. When we look at numbers, we see that the Wichita school district…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Blight, guns, testimony, and KPERS

WichitaLiberty.TV: Blight, guns, testimony, and KPERS

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Co-host Karl Peterjohn joins Bob Weeks to discuss the fight on blight and property rights, guns on campus, availability of testimony in the Kansas Legislature, and KPERS, our state’s retirement system. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 137, broadcast February 5, 2017. Shownotes Article: In Kansas, the war on blight continues Article: Availability of testimony in the Kansas Legislature Article: Again, KPERS shows why public pension reform is essential
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Again, KPERS shows why public pension reform is essential

Again, KPERS shows why public pension reform is essential

Proposals in the Kansas budget for fiscal year 2018 are more evidence of why defined-benefit pension plans are incompatible with the public sector. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proposed delays in funding KPERS, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. The delays are in both directions. The state intends to break a past promise to pay, and also to skip some future payments. A memo from KPERS summarizes recent history and the proposed changes: "Last fiscal year, the State delayed its fourth quarter payment for School employer contributions with a promise to pay it in Fiscal Year 2018 with interest. The…
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