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Chris W. Courtwright

Chris W. Courtwright

Chris W. Courtwright, currently a member of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform, retired in July after 34 years as the Kansas Legislature’s Principal Economist and member of the prestigious Consensus Revenue Estimating Group. The author of "Kansas Tax Facts," considered the authoritative guide on Kansas state and local tax policy, Courtwright was keynote speaker at the 2013, 2016 and 2018 Kansas Economic Policy Conferences and has given presentations at the Federal Reserve Regional Economic Roundtable and the Journal of Policy History Conference.

OPINION

To recover from COVID, Congress must return more of our money to Kansas and its local governments

By: - January 5, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Chris W. Courtwright spent 34 years as the Kansas Legislature’s principal economist and is the author of “Kansas Tax Facts.” Even as the latest COVID-19 federal […]

OPINION
State and federal reports indicate the unemployment rate in Kansas fell to 5.9% in September, a drop of 1 percentage point from August and a reduction from a rate of 11.9% in April at height of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Without federal help, Kansas faces ‘nasty cocktail’ of budget choices next year

By: - September 24, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Chris W. Courtwright spent 34 years as the Kansas Legislature’s principal economist and is the author of “Kansas Tax Facts.” In the wake of a wild […]