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Economists say population changes threaten to make Kansas budget problems worse in future

Two Kansas economists said Thursday that the state's changing demographics will present serious challenges to state government over then next 50 years, especially under the state's current tax system. Jeremy Hill of Wichita State University and Chris Courtwright, an economist with the Kansas Legislature's nonpartisan Research Department, were featured speakers at the Kansas Economic Policy Conference, an annual event sponsored by the University of Kansas Institute for Policy and Social Research.

Kansas jobless rate jumps to 4.1 percent in July

The jobless rate rose three-tenths of a percent in July as the state shed 2,600 jobs during a time when the economy normally adds employment. The biggest job losses were in service-sector areas such as trade, transportation and utilities, and professional business services.

More parties intervene in KCPL-Westar merger case

Kansas utility regulators authorized four more entities to intervene in Kansas City Power and Light's proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of Topeka-based Westar Energy.

Kansas exporting college graduates to other states

The percentage of graduates from Kansas colleges and universities who remain employed in Kansas after five years has been declining steadily in recent years, sparking concern about the prospects of a brain drain out of the state.

Kansas unemployment rate dips amid lackluster job growth

The Kansas economy added fewer jobs than normal in April, but the unemployment rate still ticked down to 3.8 percent.

Proposed changes to Lawrence incentives deals draw concern from economic development board

Members of Lawrence’s Economic Development Council voiced concerns Monday to the major changes, prompted by the City Commission, to incentives the city provides for new developments and incoming businesses.

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Compliance report on city's economic development incentives will be used in deciding policy changes

Skepticism about how Lawrence is using its economic development incentives has been raised in City Commission conversations on a few recent projects: The Eldridge hotel expansion, HERE Kansas and an apartment development at 800 New Hampshire St. Now, the City Commission’s acceptance Tuesday of a report detailing Lawrence’s economic development incentive work in 2015 will kick-start a review — and potential changes — to policies that govern those incentives.

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Kansas tax collections in March close to hitting estimates

Revenues flowing into the state’s coffers during the month of March fell only $1.7 million short of the official estimates, a much better performance than the state has seen in several months, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Midwest economic survey index rises for 3rd time in 3 months

Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have risen for the third month in a row, according to a report released Friday, suggesting more improvement in the regional economy.

Midwest, Plains bankers had dire view of rural economy

A survey shows some bankers had a dire view of the rural economy in their 10 Western and Plains states.