Taxes Remain Top Concern to Kansas Businesses

January 30, 2013

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Emily Mitchell
785.357.6321
emilym@kansaschamber.org

Topeka, KS (January 30, 2013) – Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were released today indicating strong support for continued state tax reform.  Participants were randomly selected CEOs from across the state. The Chamber uses these findings to assist in the development of its annual legislative agenda.

“For the past ten years, the CEO poll has revealed the same number-one concern: taxes,” noted Pat McFerron, the project director with Cole Hargraves Snodgrass whose firm conducted the research.

The Chamber's polling reveals that sixty-percent 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 twenty-six-percent 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 (fifty-three-percent) 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.

Fifty-seven-percent believe government should cut at least six to ten-percent before raising any taxes.  More than half of those believed it should be more than ten-percent or never raise taxes.

The survey also revealed strong support for paycheck protection, which prohibits the state from acting as the collection agency for public employee union political action committees, and also for improving the state’s legal climate to help it better compete for jobs with other states.

The Kansas Chamber's 2013 legislative agenda seeks to create a tax climate that promotes job growth. The Chamber works with state government to pursue policies that encourage business growth and put more Kansans back to work.

This poll was not a survey of Chamber members only, but rather randomly selected businesses in the state.  Small businesses employing less than ten employees comprised of eighty-one-percent of the respondents.

For more information, click on the following link to view the complete CEO Poll questions.

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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. For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, go to www.kansaschamber.org.