#26 Kansas


#21 in Taxation and Regulation

#30 in Workforce Quality

#35 in Living Environment

Right to Work?

Regional Profile – Midwest

STATE
OVERALL REGIONAL RANK
TAXATION & REGULATION REGIONAL RANK
WORKFORCE QUALITY REGIONAL RANK
LIVING ENVIRONMENT REGIONAL RANK
Illinois
12
12
12
12
Indiana
1
3
2
2
Iowa
4
5
3
4
Kansas
7
6
9
8
Michigan
11
10
10
10
Minnesota
10
11
6
7
Missouri
9
8
11
6
Nebraska
8
4
1
1
North Dakota
6
2
8
11
Ohio
2
7
4
5
South Dakota
5
1
7
9
Wisconsin
3
9
5
3

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Aviation, Bioscience, Clean Energy, Food Services

Key Companies

Cerner Corp.

Crestwood

Seaboard Corp.

Sprint Nextel

YRC Worldwide

Advantages

Investment capital is on the rise in Kansas City.

Women-owned businesses across the state have also increased.

In addition, Kansas City has taken a step toward automation by launching new streetcars equipped with videos. The two-mile stretch that the streetcars drive should result in improved traffic flow and reduced down time for things like traffic lights and parking meters.

Challenges

Kansas finished 2015 with a cash deficit, and had a slow first quarter 2016. The state has tried to compensate by increasing the sales tax rate from from 6.15% to 6.5%, giving it the 8th highest sales tax in the country.

To close the gap, Kansas lawmakers are considering rolling back previous tax cuts.

The FCC reports that Kansas is in the bottom third of states with the fewest exemptions allowing businesses to use drones in their operations.

Key Contacts

Dept. of Commerce

Steve Kelly, Deputy Secretary
785- 296-5298
Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66612
skelly@kansascommerce.com
http://www.kansascommerce.com/

CEO Comments

“Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma are all backward conservative states that don’t attract many young professionals.”

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