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About the author of the Kansas Budget blog
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Fixing Kansas, Step Two
By  Duane Goossen To release Kansas from the financially troubled Brownback years, state legislators first had to reverse the governor's disastrous tax experiment. That was step one, last year's job. Now they must move to step two: properly fund public educ...
Fixing Kansas, Step Two
Fixing Kansas, Step Two
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Can't Kick Kansas Around Anymore
By  Duane Goossen Hello United States. Hello from Kansas. It appears that Congress and the President are about to enact a Kansas-style income tax cut for the nation. Good luck with that. Kansas went down that road six years ago and ended up with a budget...
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Congressional Republicans Repeat the Kansas Mistake
By  Duane Goossen Congressional Republicans have released their "tax reform" plan. Words flow from their summary sheet like seductive whispers: "More Jobs. Fairer Taxes. Bigger Paychecks." What's not to like? The economy will boom. It's for everyone. We can...
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Kansas Tax Roller Coaster
By  Duane Goossen Kansans, we have been riding an income tax roller coaster! In 2012 the "Kansas experiment" brought lowered income tax rates and a full tax exemption for business income. Last June those policies were rescinded. Income taxes went down, t...
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Revenue Reset
By  Duane Goossen Gov. Brownback’s tax experiment brought havoc to the Kansas budget, and put the state’s general fund in severe financial distress. But in June, a bipartisan supermajority of lawmakers rescinded those policies in a dramatic veto override a...
Revenue Reset
Revenue Reset
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Make the Medicaid Ticker Stop
By  Duane Goossen Kansas topped $1 billion in forfeited federal funds early in 2016. But the clock kept ticking. Now losses have surpassed $2 billion, and the clock still ticks. Our failure as a state to adopt expanded Medicaid eligibility continues to co...
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The Tall Tale Being Told In Kansas
By  Duane Goossen The recently overturned Kansas tax experiment was sold to Kansans with a tall tale: “Big income tax cuts bring economic prosperity without any pain.” Eventually most Kansans realized the story was false, and their legislators ended the e...
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Kansas Turnaround
By  Duane Goossen Kansans, we are done being kicked around. For five years we endured the eyes of the nation upon us, judging Gov. Brownback ’ s tax experiment. We became famous: the poster state for bad tax policy. The takeaway message from those watchi...
Kansas Turnaround
Kansas Turnaround
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By  Duane Goossen An open letter to the Kansas congressional delegation: Dear Representatives Marshall, Jenkins, Yoder, and Estes, and Senators Roberts and Moran, A moment of truth for each of you is at hand. President Trump has proposed a tax plan that lo...
The Kansas Budget
The Kansas Budget
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The Gaping Kansas Budget Gap
By  Duane Goossen As the Kansas Legislature begins a “wrap-up” session, how big is the budget gap that must be closed in order to adequately fund schools and repair the state’s dismal financial situation? Recent revisions to the general fund revenue forecas...
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