State Budget

There are two separate state budgets; the General Fund and the All Funds Budget.  General Fund spending is supported by tax and other revenue within the direct control of the Legislature; except for Motor Fuels tax and a portion of state sales tax that goes directly to the All Funds budget for transportation, taxes flow to the General Fund.  The All Funds Budget includes the General Fund but it also contains revenue that cannot be used at the Legislature’s discretion.  Examples of restricted revenues include fees paid to state licensing and regulatory boards, federal funds, college fees and tuition.

This section is primarily focused on General Fund tax and spending issues, including historical comparisons to inflation, allocations to education and other functions, comparisons to other states and key elements of income tax reform.

IRS Data Refutes Tax Evasion Theories

When Kansas exempted pass-through income from state income tax beginning in 2013, the Department of Revenue estimated that 191,000 entities would take advantage of the provision, but the actual number of 330,000 claimants in the first year prompted media to declare that the exemption created a massive wave of tax evasion.  Tax return data from […]

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Tax Revenue to be $1.45 Billion above Inflation

The largest tax increase in state history just passed by the 2017 Legislature is projected to exceed long term inflation by $1.45 billion in FY 2019.  If General Fund tax revenue had been increased for inflation since FY 1995, it would be $5.06 billion by FY 2019 but instead is projected to be $6.51 billion […]

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$3 Billion Tax Hike Over 5 Years

The Legislature’s override of the Governor’s veto will impose a $3 billion / 5-year income tax hike on Kansans.  Marginal tax rates on all individuals are increased retroactive to January 1, 2017 and then hiked again in 2018.  So not only will your employer have to withhold more from your paycheck starting July 1, you’ll […]

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General Fund Spending Sets New Records

The budget and large tax increase passed by the 2017 Legislature will increase General Fund spending by nearly $500 million between FY 2016 and FY 2019, topping out at another new record of $6.613 billion. Contrary to many claims over the last few years, General Fund spending actually increased several times since tax cuts went into […]

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Kansas has More Government Employees Per-Capita than Most States

Kansas has more state and local government employees per-capita than almost every state in the nation.  U.S. Census data ranks Kansas #48 among the fifty states, with 32 percent more state and local government employees than the national average; only Alaska (#49) and Wyoming (#50) are worse. Kansas is ranked #33 for state government employees per-capita […]

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KDOT spending in 2015 and 2016 highest in 10 years

The FY 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) shows spending on transportation projects in 2015 and 2016 was the highest over the last ten years. Excluding debt service and administration, spending was $1.105 billion in FY 2015 and $1.069 billion last year.  The condition of Interstate highways and […]

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Cost of LLC Tax Break

Is it true that making small businesses pay income tax would allow a lot more spending on education, highways and other services? The Department of Revenue says reinstating the tax on pass-through income and their loss carryforward capability would generate between $195 million and $200 million.  But as explained here that would only help get the […]

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71% of Tax Reform Benefits Individuals

Data provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue shows 71 percent of net income tax reductions went to individuals and 29 percent is attributable to the exemption on pass-through business income.   Their information is based on the 2013 tax year so even if the tax savings was the same each year, individual tax filers […]

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General Fund Tax Revenue

Even though income taxes were reduced on all individuals, General Fund tax revenue is still running well ahead of long term inflation.  (Almost all state tax revenue goes to the General Fund, except for motor fuels tax and a portion of general sales tax transferred to the another fund.) The adjacent chart compares General Fund […]

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Kansas Ranks #7 for State Aid Provision

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas is ranked #7 among the states for share of total school funding being provided by state government.  The Census report includes all state funding, not just the amount provided through the General Fund. The 2014 funding reported by KSDE did not include $522.5 […]

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General Fund Allocation to Education, Other Functions

Education, which includes K-12 (50.7 percent) and higher education (12.3 percent), will consume 63 percent of the General Fund budget.  Human Services accounts for the second largest piece (25.7 percent) and the remaining 11.3 percent is divided between Public Safety, General Government, Agriculture and Transportation.  Most transportation funding is in a different budget.  See Schedule […]

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Medicaid Expansion

Is it true that over $1 billion of our tax dollars went to other states because Kansas didn’t expand Medicaid? No.  That would only be true if the federal government set a pool of money aside for expansion and divided it among participating states, but Congress didn’t do that.  No ‘extra’ money went to states […]

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