Founded in 2005, the Kansas Economic Progress Council is an statewide non-profit organization of businesses, trade organizations, chambers of commerce, and others interested in advancing sound public policy in Kansas to enhance our state’s quality of life. KEPC is funded with annual dues from members. Click here to become a member.
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KEPC opposed TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which set rigid formulas to severely limit the amount of money that state and local governments and school districts can spend on public services that are vital to a healthy economy and high quality of life. Read the most recent update from KEPC executive director, Bernie Koch.
During the 2010 Kansas Legislative session, the Kansas Economic Progress Council emerged as an important and influential organization at the Statehouse. A KEPC study on the impact of budget cuts vs. a temporary one-cent sales tax increase helped convince lawmakers that a revenue enhancement was a better alternative than further damaging cuts.
KEPC was a strong supporter of a new comprehensive transportation plan, which passed the final day of the legislative session and worked statewide with local and state economic developers and others to support major economic development legislation to provide effective and meaningful incentives in the form of the PEAK legislation (Providing Employment Across Kansas).
We are a growing organization. We hope to expand our educational and research capabilities in the future to provide elected officials with reliable information and interpretation with which to make quality public policy positions.