Kansas Business Review Abstracts

Vol.19, No.3, Spring 1996

An Overview of Kansas State and Local Finance

by Glenn W. Fisher, Regents' Professor Emeritus, and Carol Macmillan, graduate assistant, Hugo Wall School of Urban & Public Affairs, Wichita State University.

This paper focuses upon two questions: "Is the Kansas state and local tax structure adequate?" and "Is the Kansas state and local tax structure well balanced?" To answer these questions, the authors focus on expenditure and revenue trends, property tax elasticity, and the tax capacity of state and local governments.

Taxing Oil and Gas in Kansas

by James A. Richardson, Director, Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University.

Dr. Richardson examines both the severance tax and the ad valorem tax on oil and gas properties in Kansas from the perspective of generating revenues for the state and local governments and of generating economic activity associated with the exploration, development, and production of these valuable resources.

The Impact of Sales and Property Taxes on the Kansas Economy

by Chang-Erh Chou, graduate research assistant, Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, University of Kansas.

This paper focuses on sales tax, business property tax, and household property tax and, using a SAM-based computable general equilibrium model, investigates the impacts of each tax on the industrial sectors, households, and the Kansas economy as a whole.

The Economic Location of Western Kansas

by Ralph C. Gamble, Professor of Economics and Head, Department of Economics, Fort Hays State University, and Scott McCubbin, Assistant Vice President, Citizens State Bank, Grainfield, Kansas.

This paper has two goals: First, to present several methods by which regions may be compared to each other, using overall economic characteristics of the regions; second, to use the methods to identify the economic similarity of north and southwestern Kansas with respect to Kansas and nearby states. In other words, to determine the economic locations of Western Kansas.

County Trade Pull Factors, Fall 1995

by Chatura Ariyaratne, Extension Assistant, and David Darling, Extension Specialist, Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Economics Department, Kansas State University.

County Trade Pull Factor values are a measure of the relative market strength of communities of businesses that collect sales tax in each county. These values can be used to estimate leakage and capture of retail trade across county boundaries.

The Outlook for Kansas and the Nation: 1996 Update

by Norman Clifford, Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, University of Kansas.

The national economy is expected to grow modestly in 1996 and the job rate in Kansas should remain well above the average of the last decade. However, a poor wheat harvest and consequent decline in farm income could lead to slower growth in the Kansas economy.

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