The Rundown with Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit
Evaluating the Department of Commerce’s Major Economic Development Incentive Programs [January 2023]
Jan 18, 2023
Legislative Post Audit
The Department of Commerce has 5 major incentive programs that it uses to incent economic development in Kansas. Those programs are the High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP), Job Creation Fund (JCF), Kansas Industrial Training (KIT), Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR), and Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK).
As part of this audit, we used a research-based model to estimate the economic impacts, tax effects, and total return on investment for 28 projects that we selected. Based on model results from those 28 projects, we estimate all 5 of Commerce’s major economic development incentive programs will generate positive total returns on investment. However, we estimate they won’t cover their own costs to the state through higher tax revenues. For example, all 5 programs appeared to generate economic impacts that are greater than their costs. But none of the programs appear to generate enough tax effects to cover their costs.