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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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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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