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Medicaid expansion discussion should be based on reality not promises of "free money" from Washington.


Patrick Parks talks about Medicaid expansion and Obamacare in Kansas
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Kansas residents who are already paying more for health insurance will also pay much more to fund an expansion of Medicaid. Patrick Parks, a fiscal policy analyst at the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about research KPI and other organizations have done in...
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Kansas' school finance system does little to serve our children. Instead it focuses on institutions. We need a student-focused, transparent formula that requires the efficient use of taxpayer money.


Legislature Considers Changes to School Funding Formula
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Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, talks about the state's K-12 school funding formula. The Kansas Legislature is considering block-grant funding schools for the next two years while they take a deliberative look at rewriting the formula....
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Kansas schools on track to receive $6 billion this year, setting a new funding record for the 4th consecutive year.

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Jonathan Williams Outlines Kansas' Choice
Posted by Todd Davidson on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council and coauthor of Rich States Poor States, spoke to the Senate Committee on Assessment and Taxation, a pro-growth crowd for lunch, and the House Committee on Taxation.  Jonathan reiterated what has been the case for decades now, a lower tax burden will lead to more output, more opportunity, and more jobs.

Below is a slide Jonathan presented to our legislators yesterday, as you can see,  states with No Income Tax achieved faster growth in Gross State Product, Population, and Jobs within the past ten years.  


Less intuitively Total State Tax Receipt Growth in the non-income taxing states actually outpaced the highest income taxing states.  How is this possible?  Texas gained 4 congressional seats worth of people who now pay sales tax, property tax, as well as any other tax in the state ~ Jonathan Williams.
In-short people move to the opportunities that a low tax environment fosters.

Kansas has a choice, do we take lessons from the other laboratories and propel our state into a high level of economic performance or do we continue to watch as other states pass on by with bold moves to foster more output, more opportunity, and more jobs. 


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