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Wichita Journalism Group To Hold Talk About KS Budget


The Wichita chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is hosting a talk Tuesday night about the Kansas budget and the state’s tax policy.

The event will feature Annie McKay, executive director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth and the incoming president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children. KCEG describes itself as nonpartisan and was created in 2013 to educate Kansans about the state’s economic policies.

McKay says she’ll talk about the history of the state’s income tax breaks for many businesses and their effect on revenue streams.

“Whether you believe that government should be smaller or not, the tax policy changes did cause revenue to drop,” she says.

McKay says she’ll also discuss the budget that was recently passed by the Kansas legislature, which is awaiting the signature of Gov. Sam Brownback, and the role of journalism when it comes to reporting about the state’s economy.

McKay says that changes to the state's income tax policy that were championed by Brownback, in which LLCs, subchapter S corporations and sole proprietorships don’t pay income tax on profits, have received national attention due to massive revenue shortfalls.

She says TV cameras are an everyday occurrence in Topeka, something she didn’t notice prior to the policy change.


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