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More Bad News for Backers of Kansas Tax Cuts

November 21, 2014

The latest projections from Kansas’ nonpartisan Legislative Research Department bring more bad news for those who hoped Kansas’ massive tax cuts would generate an economic surge.

The department predicts that personal incomes will grow more slowly in Kansas than in the nation as a whole...

How Has State K-12 Funding Fared in Your State?

November 5, 2014

This interactive map shows the change — in both dollars and percent — in state general K-12 funding per student since 2008. As our recent report explains, funding is below pre-recession levels in at least 30 states, after adjusting for inflation; in 14 states, the decline exceeds 10 percent. While most states are providing...

State K-12 Funding in 80 Seconds

November 4, 2014

Most states continue to spend less — often far less — per student in general funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did before the recession began seven years ago, as our latest analysis shows.  These cuts have serious consequences for students, schools, and jobs.  This short video explains what...

Debating Kansas’ Tax Cuts

October 30, 2014

With Kansas’ radical tax cuts drawing national attention this election season, I recently debated the Heritage...

Lasting School Cuts Endanger Critical Reforms

October 17, 2014

States have imposed large cuts in general education spending — as our new report details and I explained yesterday — with serious consequences for students, schools, and the economy.  Deep state funding cuts have led...

K-12 Funding Remains Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States

October 16, 2014

Most states continue to spend less — often far less — per student for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago, our updated analysis of state general school funding shows.

Our review of state budgets finds that, after adjusting for inflation:

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A Deserved Downgrade of Kansas’ Bonds

August 11, 2014

The meaning of Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of Kansas’ credit rating, in which it cited Kansas’ “structurally unbalanced budget,” is clear:  Kansas’ budget is a train heading off a cliff.

Here are the details:

  • Kansas’ massive tax cuts have sharply cut state tax revenues.  Since Kansas’
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A Constitutional Convention Poses Grave Risks

July 16, 2014

The idea of convening a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment or similar amendments raises grave problems, as we explain in a new paper.  A number of states have passed resolutions calling for such a convention, and proponents of a constitutional convention are targeting more states in an effort to...

Year-End Revenue Numbers More Proof of Kansas’ Failed Tax Cut Experiment

July 1, 2014

Kansas officials yesterday announced that state revenue dropped more than expected again in June, adding even more to the damage we previously documented from the tax cuts that Kansas put in place last year.  All told, Kansas...

Setting the Record Straight on Kansas

April 24, 2014

Rex Sinquefield — who funds campaigns for drastic tax cuts in Missouri — claims that our recent paper about the budgetary and economic impact of Kansas’ recent tax cuts was “patently false” and offers information that he says we “chose to ignore or distort.”

In his...

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