Property taxes are reason for poor ranking, not income taxes

The first speaker at Wednesday’s economic development conference in Wichita, sponsored by the Kansas Policy Institute, discussed how Kansas is the 47th best state to run a mature business and 48th for starting a new company, according to a recent Tax Foundation study. But Kansas ranked poorly in that study because it has high property and sales taxes, not because of its income taxes. Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan would worsen this disadvantage by making permanent the state’s temporary sales-tax increase. And his school-finance plan would lift the lid on local property taxes. It’s also worth noting that Texas, which Brownback and others point to as the model for Kansas, ranked 42nd for new businesses.