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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 […]
Does receipt of federal funding for special education, Title 1 or food service come with a stipulation requiring school districts to hire more employees? According to Dale Dennis, Deputy KSDE Commissioner for Finance, school districts receiving those federal funds are not required to hire employees, including any specific number or type of employee, to provide […]
I’ve been told that a ‘3-legged stool’ (income tax, sales tax and property tax) is the best way to fund government. It seems like cutting income tax creates a wobbly stool. Actually, the data shows that government is far better off relying on sales tax and property tax because of the volatility in income tax. […]
I thought LLCs were supposed to create thousands of new jobs in exchange for their tax break. What’s up with that? First of all, there were 44,000 private sector jobs created in the first three years of tax reform (Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual employment 2012 vs. 2015), and that number is net of […]
IF LLCs weren’t supposed to be the job creation engine, why give them a tax break? Research conducted at the KU School of Business, Center for Applied Economics shows that, if not for new business startups, Kansas would only have had two years of private sector job growth between 1977 and 2013. New startups include LLC-type […]
My school district says the Legislature isn’t providing enough money for the classroom. How much is provided for classroom instruction? There is no official category of ‘classroom funding’ under the block grant system or the old funding formula. The Legislature doesn’t decide how funds are to be allocated funds between classroom, administration, transportation or other cost […]
Is it true that school funding only appears to be setting new records because of accounting changes? No, that’s not true. Emails from the Department of Education say no accounting changes for KPERS, Special Education, property taxes or anything else have affected total reported funding for more than ten years.
Didn’t the Legislature’s own audit say that schools are underfunded? No. It’s been said that the 2006 Legislative Post Audit report said schools were underfunded but the report very clearly says that is not true. LPA said the goal of that report was “…to make decisions and assumptions in both cost studies that were reasonable, […]
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 […]