Republican legislators: Facts and myths surrounding the economic condition of Kansas

first_imgClaim: The State Budget is in troubleFact:  Many of the people making this claim should look in the mirror as the State ending the fiscal year prior to the Governor taking office with a negative $27 million ending balance.  Thankfully, the ending balances and reserves bounced back to the point of $709 million for fiscal year 2013.  The Governor and the Legislature understood the importance of the strong fiscal position as we knew the tax cuts would decrease State revenue and that it would take some time for the economy to turn around.  We also know that we have some work to do in regards to the State Budget.It was announced a few weeks ago that the State budget office had found $101 million in efficiencies from five different projects that do not include a reduction in services or staff and that there are other similar projects underway. These kinds of efficiencies along with a growing economy will be how our State will respond to the challenges ahead.Sen. Ty Masterson Chair, Senate Ways and Means CommitteeRep. Gene Suellentrop Chair, House Appropriations Committee Follow us on Twitter. The following is a guest editorial written by two Kansas State Legislators, requested to be published by State Representative Kyle Hoffman of the 116th District. “I completely endorse what they are saying,” Hoffman said. Kyle HoffmanWe have read with interest over the past few months as misinformation has been provided on the Governor and Legislature’s education and fiscal record.  As Chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, we would like to address a few of these false claims. Claim: Governor Brownback made the “largest cut to schools in state history.”Fact:  In the previous Administration, funding was propped up by $200 million of federal stimulus money. That federal money went away in Governor Brownback’s first budget, but he has increased State funding by over $270 million since that time.  As a result, Kansas spends more now per student than ever before on K-12 students.  Even when taking the increased investment to KPERS out of the equation, Kansas still spends more now per student than ever before. Claim: The Kansas economy is lagging the nation.Fact:  The income tax cuts were intended to stimulate economic growth, primarily through cutting the income tax for small businesses to zero as they employ the overwhelming majority of Kansans.  The tax cuts have had a positive effect on small businesses.    Small business income has grown by 26% and has one of the highest growth rates in the country.  This small business income has led to growth in jobs and wages.  Kansas has the 2nd highest growth rate in the country of job gains by new and expanding businesses since 2013.  Hourly and weekly earnings and wage growth has been higher than 3% for July and August of 2014 when compared to July and August of 2013, easily surpassing our neighboring states. Private sector job growth is 54% higher since 2011 than it was from 1991 to 2010.   In the last available quarter (4th quarter of 2013), Kansas saw a large increase in real GDP.  Rate of growth surpassed the national average and almost all states in its designated region.   All of these indicators point to a strong economy moving forward. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/el… Without Snyder’s knowledge or consent. What a slime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/ar… Facts and math are hard. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago Your response to claim #2 is False. It is true that more than 15,000 new businesses were incorporated in 2013, the first year of the governor’s tax plan. But Brownback ignores that more than 16,000 businesses were either dissolved or forfeited because of failure to pay fees. About 4,500 of these businesses were reinstated, putting the total increase in businesses at 3,600, less than the year before. However, all of these numbers are inflated, because some of the new businsses are also old businesses. The governor’s tax plan enabled certain types of businesses, such as limited liability corporations and S corporations, to pay no income tax, so many businesses that had other types of incorporation dissolved and then reformed as LLCs or S corporations. The Kauffman Foundation, looking at the number of new businesses created for every 100,000 people, ranked Kansas as 45th among all states in new business formation. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/el… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Mel · 301 weeks ago Just another Brownback yes man……….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Credence · 301 weeks ago We have already experienced the liberal economic experiment, which is increased taxes, more spending, low economic growth and exodus of businesses and citizens. Why do people think we can tax ourselves into prosperity? Paul Davis is in favor of higher taxes leading to more spending. How does this improve our economic situation? This article provides facts from people who actually know what our financial condition is at the state level. Spinning the facts to by those with their own personal agendas does not change the fact that Kansas is better economically today than we were under Kathleen Sebelius and we have an opportunity to improve what Brownback has started. Going back to the days of taxing and spending will not provide a secure economic future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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