State Budgets

Drop in ALEC Ranking Due to Spending, Not Tax Cuts

In the recently released ninth-annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, many states saw their rankings move considerably. Among them was Kansas, which fell from its 2015 economic outlook ranking of 18th to 27th (“Even ALEC is souring on Kansas’ economic outlook,” April 14 Now Consider This).

However, Kansas’ ranking decline stems from tax hikes and insufficient spending control, not the package of tax relief implemented in 2012.

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Williams, Jonathan & Horvath, Joe (2016, April 20). Drop in ALEC ranking due to spending, not tax cuts. The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved from

In Depth: State Budgets

Smart budgeting is vital to a state’s financial health. The ALEC State Budget Reform Toolkit offers more than 20 policy ideas for addressing today’s shortfalls in a forthright manner, without resorting to budget gimmicks or damaging tax increases. One way to stabilize budgets over time is to embrace…

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