A Midwest economic expert is not fond of the idea in the Kansas Legislature of funding schools through an additional charge on utility bills.
“It’s not transparent,” said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. “Most economists are resistant to these. I won’t call it a hidden tax, you see it, but it is somewhat hidden.”
Goss says if you have to pay taxes, make them easy to see.
“There is some support for the fact that it maybe doesn’t have the immediate impact,” said Goss. “That may be correct.”
However, such a charge will affect costs for everyone.
“That’s a major input to businesses, a major input to families,” said Goss. “It does have some negative consequences. I think that needs to be done carefully.
Goss is also concerned about volatility if individual customers make different choices on their power needs, like going to all electric in homes that were not previously.