Taxes Remain Top Concern to Kansas Businesses

January 22, 2016

Taxes Remain Top Concern to Kansas Businesses

Topeka, KS (January 22, 2016) - Results from the 12th annual Kansas Chamber Business Leaders Poll were released today indicating strong support for continued state tax reform.  Participants were randomly selected business leaders from across the state, with 87% of respondents representing businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The Chamber uses these findings to assist in the development of its annual legislative agenda. 

"For the past 12 years, the poll has revealed the same number-one concern: taxes," noted Pat McFerron, President of Cole Hargraves Snodgrass whose firm conducted the research.

The Chamber's polling reveals that 75% of Kansas business owners say lowering the tax burden and managing the cost of health care are two of the most important things government can do to help profitability and investment. Although only 28% of respondents would consider leaving Kansas, taxes are the top reason a business would consider moving elsewhere.  

"Job creators in Kansas have consistently named taxes as their top concern, and as a result, the Kansas Chamber has consistently supported tax reforms to lower the burden," said Kansas Chamber President & CEO Mike O'Neal. "This poll serves as a reminder to the legislature and administration that reducing the cost of doing business by lessening the tax burden is a good growth strategy."

More than half (50%) believe that reducing the government-driven cost of business such as addressing taxes, health care, worker's compensation, unemployment insurance, burdensome regulation and tort reform is a better strategy for economic growth than increasing incentives to businesses or increasing school spending. 

 51% believe government should never raise taxes or cut at least five percent before raising any taxes.  34% percent believed it should be more than 10% or never raise taxes. The survey also revealed that more than 85% oppose any increase in property taxes and that there is strong opposition to creating a sales tax on services.

 The Kansas Chamber's 2016 Legislative Agenda seeks to create a business-friendly climate that promotes business and job growth and makes it clear to Legislators what Kansas businesses expect from their state Legislature; a healthy economy.

 This poll was not a survey of Kansas Chamber members only, but rather randomly selected businesses of all sizes from across the state.

  Click here to view a summary of the most recent Business Leaders poll.


 Pat McFerron is President of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates which has conducted the Kansas Chamber's Business Leader Survey in each of the past 13 years.  A Kansas native, McFerron has conducted more than 300 Kansas studies since 1993. These have ranged from those involving gubernatorial, US Senate and congressional and state legislative contests as well as traditional marketing research and various community initiatives.  


The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise.