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5 Pieces of Context for the New Kansas Budget

January 16, 2015

With Kansas Governor Sam Brownback releasing his budget this morning, it’s a good time for a refresher about what’s happened since Kansas enacted one of the largest state income tax cuts in history two years ago.

  1. Kansas’ finances are a mess.
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State and Local Tax Systems Hit Lower-Income Families the Hardest

January 15, 2015

In nearly every state, low- and middle-income families pay a bigger share of their income in state and local taxes than wealthy families, a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) finds.  As the New York Times’ Patricia Cohen...

School Jobs Up in December But Still Far From Recovered

January 9, 2015

Local school districts added 2,000 jobs for teachers, principals, and other employees in December, today’s jobs report shows, continuing schools’ painfully slow recovery from the recession.

Yet schools still have a long way to go before they leave the recession...

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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