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For States, Trump Budget Represents a Massive Cost Shift

May 24, 2017

President Trump’s budget would shift massive new costs to states by cutting federal funding for health care, food assistance, and many other areas. States can’t afford to assume these costs without raising taxes significantly so, instead, they’d very likely cut many key investments and public services.

Specifically, the Trump budget slashes:

  • Medicaid. The budget
  • ...
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Timeline: 5 Years of Kansas’ Tax-Cut Disaster

May 24, 2017

Update, June 7:  On June 6, the Kansas legislature, by a bipartisan two-thirds majority, overrode Gov. Brownback’s veto of a bill reversing most of the Brownback tax cuts.  We’ve update the timeline below accordingly.

Five years ago this week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the biggest income tax cuts a state has ever enacted, promising that they’d act “like a shot...


Common-Sense Principles for Solving Kansas’ School Funding Crisis

May 19, 2017

Kansas lawmakers continue to debate how to find the revenue needed to fix a huge fiscal mess caused by the ill-advised, unaffordable tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in 2012. It’s a challenge: they need both to close the latest massive shortfall in the state’s beleaguered budget...


Nevada Joins Maryland, New Mexico in Rescinding Calls for a Constitutional Convention

May 10, 2017

Nevada lawmakers yesterday unanimously rescinded the state’s past resolutions calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states — misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups — are calling for a convention, which...

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Kansas Can’t Afford To Keep Its Cut to the Top Income Tax Rate

April 6, 2017

Kansas voters overwhelmingly want their legislature to reverse the damaging tax cuts enacted five years ago at the behest of Governor Sam Brownback, but the governor and some of the state’s lawmakers are determined to keep a particularly costly provision — the state’s...


New Mexico Wisely Rescinds Call for Constitutional Convention

March 16, 2017

New Mexico lawmakers yesterday rescinded the state’s resolutions of decades ago calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states – misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups – are calling for a convention...

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Kansas’ K-12 Funding Just One Casualty of Unaffordable Tax Cuts

March 2, 2017

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that state funding for education is inadequate and set a June 30 deadline for lawmakers to raise revenue for schools. Kansas’ failure to adequately fund education is just part of the damaging fallout from the huge tax cuts that the...

Five of Eight States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes

Wyoming’s Dangerous Call for New Constitutional Convention

March 1, 2017

Wyoming lawmakers passed a resolution this week asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution related to federal spending. Proponents claim that Wyoming is the 29th state to make such a...

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A Kansas Wake-Up Call for Other States Considering Big Income Tax Cuts

February 23, 2017

Bipartisan coalitions in both legislative houses in Kansas voted to reverse enormous tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback and others touted as a model for other states and the nation. Although the state Senate fell just short yesterday of the two-thirds vote to override Gov. Brownback’s veto, the majority votes in both houses reflect several years of...

After Tax Cuts, Kansas' Economy Underperforming U.S.

Bills Suggest Kansas Is Moving in the Right Direction

February 7, 2017

Five years ago, Kansas cut income taxes deeply, on the theory that it would generate a burst of economic growth. But rather than booming, Kansas’ economy has grown more slowly than the rest of...

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