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Duane Goossen
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About the author of the Kansas Budget blog
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Repeal the Loophole, and More
By  Duane Goossen The LLC loophole has come to epitomize budget-busting tax policy in Kansas. It appears that a majority in the new Kansas Legislature know the loophole must be repealed, and fully intend to end it. But if viewing the situation with clear-ey...

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By  Duane Goossen January general fund tax revenue turned out to be a bit “higher than estimated.” Good. That’s certainly a better situation than if monthly revenue were lower than estimated, as has been the case so many times over the last four years. Howe...

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Governor’s Budget: Don’t Look Here for Structural Balance
By  Duane Goossen The governor claimed he was producing a structurally balanced budget.  The lieutenant governor predicted that a structurally balanced budget was coming.  And after its unveiling, the governor’s staff asserted the budget was indeed structur...

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Happy New Year Legislators, Now Fix the Budget
By  Duane Goossen For Kansas legislators, the new year may not feel all that happy. Veterans and first-termers alike have to be wondering why they ran for the job. In the upcoming legislative session, they face a daunting task, brimming with political ris...

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By  Duane Goossen The Kansas budget has a huge structural imbalance, a daunting gap between income and expense. For the Kansas general fund to remain solvent, lawmakers must close the gap. The general fund became structurally unbalanced immediately after t...

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Bipartisanship Required to Fix Kansas Financially
By  Duane Goossen When the Kansas Legislature convenes in January, one-third of the seats will be filled by someone new. The election results show that many voters recognized the serious financial trouble in Kansas and now expect a change in direction. But ...

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Budget Disaster Deepens
By  Duane Goossen Kansas finances have come to a tragically grim place. The official estimate of revenue for this fiscal year has just been revised sharply downward, and brand new forecasts for FY 2018 and FY 2019 show a meager, unworkable revenue stream. T...

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Trump: Brownback Economics for America
By  Duane Goossen Sam Brownback’s approval ratings as governor of Kansas are dismally low, yet polls show Donald Trump winning Kansas. How can both of those things be true? It does not make sense for Kansans to boo Brownback, but vote for Trump. Over the ...

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Who Benefited for the Kansas Tax Cuts?
By  Duane Goossen Hard evidence is in. The bulk of benefits from the income tax cuts that broke the Kansas budget went to a small number of wealthy individuals, while Kansans at the low end of the income scale actually paid more. The Kansas Department of R...

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Who Benefited for the Kansas Tax Cuts?
By  Duane Goossen Hard evidence is in. The bulk of benefits from the income tax cuts that broke the Kansas budget went to a small number of wealthy individuals, while Kansans at the low end of the income scale actually paid more. The Kansas Department of R...
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