|By Erin Mathews, The Salina Journal, Kan.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
There's something good happening in the
There's something good happening in the
"You don't go from 6.8 to 4.8 with a static, lousy economy," Jordan said. "People are getting hired. You tell me something isn't happening in the
Jordan also cited a record number of new business filings in the state over the past two years.
Jordan said 98 percent of
He said now
"We have had absolutely some of the best stories of what people are doing with their money," he said.
Jordan was among six local and state officials who spoke Saturday before about 25 people selected through an application process to attend forums on the operation and policies of state and local government. Many of those attending are expected to go on to serve as elected and appointed officials in the future.
Media accounts misleading
Jordan said media accounts that compare actual tax revenues collected the year before the income tax reduction to actual revenues collected in fiscal 2014 are misleading. He said actual revenues were anticipated to drop, and the state's budget is built around the decreased revenue projections.
He said what's more important is how actual revenues compare to the revenue projections upon which the budget was based. He said tax receipts were actually
He said people moved reported income to 2012 instead of 2013 to avoid a higher tax rate. He said
Even so, Jordan said
Jordan said that in 2011, the state's economy was stagnant and
"Tax policy is not the only reason to move, but it is a factor," he said. "It plays an important role."
Rural opportunity zones
Jordan said Gov.
To help small businesses, Jordan said the state is accelerating depreciation on equipment purchases and eliminated taxes on nonwage business income. He said that as a result, small business owners have money to invest in needed equipment purchases and hiring more people.
He said 9,100 new jobs have come to the
Although the state's budget is built around decreased revenue estimates, legislators still reached agreement to fund a court-ordered increase in K-12 education funding to equalize educational opportunities across the state, Jordan said.
Salina School Superintendent
Differing with Hall
Audience members seemed to differ with Hall on several points, including his view that there is nothing wrong with the school finance formula except that the state hasn't been putting enough money into school funding. Several class members said the formula was created by Democrats and needs to be revisited.
Several in the audience also expressed the belief that Common Core standards are a mistake.
"That's water under the bridge," Hall said. He said the state is four years into implementing the standards.
Put signs in yards
Class members also suggested that a trend in
"I sat in the governor's car one day while he was here in town, and we talked about this approach," Lauver said. He said state officials don't disagree with the concept, but state government has other priorities. He said he thinks the state would be better served to hold off on lowering individual income tax rates and phasing in a single-factor tax structure.
Sanders said Republicans must make an effort to retain all offices, adding that it was one loss in a "down ticket" race in 1994 that led to
He said Republicans had victories in every race except the commissioner of insurance position.
"Who won that race?" he asked.
"Her," several people responded.
"The name of which cannot be spoken," added one class member.
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