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On Senate advances cut to Earned Income Tax Credit to help homestead property tax refund program


George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

Why didn't the legislature just move the EITC into a program that will assist low-income people with their moving expenses provided that they relocated out of state? Then those pesky poor people will be gone and Kansas would be a step closer to the glorious Brownback pipe-dream nirvana.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

They're pitting one group of low income people against another. Win-win as far as this legislature and governor are concerned.

otto 5 years, 1 month ago

So why are more Democrats renters?

Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 1 month ago

Reducing the EITC is a tax hike on 200k+ working Kansans

What is the EITC?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gets and keeps people in Kansas working. It can only be claimed by people who earn income through work and pay taxes, and the credit is structured to encourage people to work more hours. At the federal level, it was designed to offset payroll, excise and income taxes paid by families with low- and moderate-incomes, leaving them with more to support their children and easing their transition from welfare to work. Because working families who receive the federal credit also pay a substantial share of their income in state and local taxes (sales, excise and property taxes that as a share of income hit lower-income families harder than wealthier ones), Kansas established its own EITC.

Who is impacted by the EITC?

In 2010, 211,262 families in Kansas (or 17.4%) benefited from the federal government’s EITC. Those same families received over $80 million, or $381 per household, through Kansas’s version of the tax credit and spent those dollars on basic needs in local communities in your district.

Kansans who work should be able to support their families and meet their basic needs. But low pay makes it difficult for many families to get by. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps families who work pay for basic necessities. It encourages and supports work by giving low-earning families a boost in income and offsetting some of the taxes they pay. And it is the nation’s single most effective tool for keeping children out of poverty.


Michael LoBurgio 5 years, 1 month ago

On march 21st 2013

The House Republicans approved a $400 million middle class tax increase.

The week before , Senate Republicans approved $500 million middle class tax hike.

The Governor's latest tax plan includes a $700 million middle class tax hike.

All of these proposals were introduced to pay for tax cuts Governor Brownback pushed through in 2012, which give the top earners in the state an average tax cut of about $20,000 while enabling business owners go income tax free.

None of these plans will generate enough revenue to allow for restored funding of Kansas schools. Please share - your neighbors need to know what is happening in Statehouse.

getting rid of brownback and his right wing tea party christian conservatives legislatures is the real challenge for kansans.

billbodiggens 5 years, 1 month ago

Remember the Secretary of State’s “self deportation” campaign for illegals. I hate to say it, but it seems as though the leadership of the Kansas legislature and the entire administrative branch of the government of the state has now adopted the theory of “self deportation” as their driving force in all things Kansas. Want to seriously reduce any social or medical care spending? Just make is extremely difficult for anyone in need to live in Kansas. Just run them out as soon as possible. Kind of a sorry state of affairs, so to speak.

Catalano 5 years, 1 month ago

Did you read the obit on Kansas?

Kansas 1861-2013 By Jason Probst

TOPEKA - The Great State of Kansas passed away on March 31, 2013, after a long and difficult battle with extremism that became markedly more aggressive in 2010. The struggle left the state so weakened it could no longer fight against the relentless attacks by the fatal disease.

Kansas was born on Jan. 29, 1861.

The state is preceded in death by fair taxation, good highways, strong education, family farms, a good public parks and wildlife system, open government, neighborliness and belief in helping each other out, freely elected public servants, and political moderation.

Kansas is survived by widespread poverty, low-wage jobs, high property taxes, pollution, poorly educated children, outmigration and rural depopulation, foreign land and farm ownership, lobbyist-funded legislators, chronic mistreatment of the disabled, a maniacal hatred of government and children who dream of living anywhere else.

Continued at (mobile link seems to work better):


George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

I read it on Sunday in the Hutch News. It's brilliant. I'll be surprised if he DOESN'T win some sort of journalistic award for it.

George Dugger 5 years, 1 month ago

Methinks Evil Sam be jamming the Hutch news links.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

These Rt Wing Anti Women Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Party backed by ALEC Economic Terrorism thinkers are experts at puling money out of the economy but have yet to learn a replacement technique.

Therefore are not the economic giants of our time..... bordering on stupid.

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