Archive for Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Two Kansas anti-tax groups merge

December 23, 2008


— Two groups that advocate for tax cuts and against spending increases are joining forces.

The Kansas Taxpayers Network and Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity announced Tuesday they are merging.

KTN, based in Wichita, has published annual ratings of legislators based on tax and appropriations bills. Its executive director over the past 15 years, Karl Peterjohn, was elected last month to the Sedgwick County Commission.

“For years, the Kansas Taxpayer Network has worked side-by-side with Americans for Prosperity on numerous fiscal issues,” Peterjohn said. “With our mission and goals being so similar, it only makes sense that our organizations should join at this time.”

Americans for Prosperity was founded by billionaire David Koch, executive vice president and a board director for Koch Industries, based in Wichita. Koch was the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president of the United States in 1980 and is a well-known backer of anti-tax efforts.

AFP-Kansas said it will notify KTN members of the change, and will encourage them to remain as members of AFP.

“Going into the 2009 legislative session, we certainly appreciate the additional support as several tax increases have already been discussed by elected officials,” said AFP-Kansas Director Alan Cobb.

The state faces a $140 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year that could increase to upward of $1 billion next year. Lawmakers convene the 2009 legislative session Jan. 12.


johngalt 9 years, 4 months ago

Before you spout off autie, why don't you attend a local AFP meeting. Jim Mullins puts a lot of gatherings together. In less you can't handly having some of you fundamental beliefs challenged.

clyde_never_barks 9 years, 4 months ago

johngault - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how Cobb cooks his books and misinterprets various figures...and what he calls facts. autie is right-on on this one.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 4 months ago

"Two groups that advocate for tax cuts and against spending increases are joining forces." Thus, they are "anti-tax"? I don't think so. A far less pejorative label is needed here.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 4 months ago

"The state faces a $140 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year that could increase to upwards of $1 billion next year."There has never been a greater need for Americans for Prosperity.

jasonc_22 9 years, 4 months ago

Calling those two organizations "anti-tax" isn't pejorative at all- both organizations lobby against taxes and reward politicians who vote against tax increases and for tax decreases. They are opposed to taxes. They are anti-tax.There will never, ever be a "good time" for Americans for Prosperity.

Bruce Bertsch 9 years, 4 months ago

These folks would tell you that the way to balance the budget of Kansas is to remove all taxation and let the hidden hand of the market create wealth for all, just like it did for the mortgage bankers. Their goal is to eviscerate government and let business run all.

jasonc_22 9 years, 4 months ago

We have to pay taxes so we have roads and public schools.Ask the good people of AFP what the result of their proposal are and they'll say "lower taxes and smaller budgets." Problem is, to have smaller budgets we've got to sacrifice services...they never get into which services should be cut to pay for their policies, just that something should be.Ask the people of Colorado how that has gone.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 4 months ago

Those who oppose Americans for Prosperity, like Scott Rothschild, have made up their minds that AFP is "anti-tax." With such a simple-minded conclusion, they can justify their demonization of those of us who want a much smaller government and correspondingly lower taxes. And by skewering Americans for Prosperity, they are admitting that they need Almighty Government to perpetually fund their pet social programs - those pet programs that benefit their friends and families at the expense of other wage earners.

jaxs 9 years, 4 months ago

I say, stop mowing the sides of the highways. Shut off those trucks u see (10 wheelers) Let them drive one of those tiny cars they had way to many of sitting all around topeka a few years back. Fix roads, don't just drive into the bumps, attempt to fix one lump by adding two more lumps in the highway. Take away any NEW radar guns, or the new 8000 breath analyzer. Make the old ones last longer. Last but not least, grade the GOV. and the Senators & reps. like they do teachers. Bad grades = no pay check, until they get it right? Same way if Larry the moocher had a job once, then they fired him b/c he did a poor days work, and STUD larry has no income. do you know they spent 1.5 million dollars??? To test your breath, what kinda mistake is that. how about a contract for 20 milion to shut off slot machines.. one or all. Why in case grand mother happens to be winning, it's not fair the state runs a gambling casino in the 1st. place. We didn't have them when Larry was growing up as a kid did we.?? NOT IN MY STATE...

KSManimal 9 years, 4 months ago

"I forgot, Obama is going to fix all of this by giving checks to people who dont even pay into the system…"So, Larry, why is it that when George W. does this it is "economic stimulus", but when Obama proposes it suddenly it's a horrible, socialist idea?I've posed that question to half a dozen or more groups of right-wing, pro-Bush, anti-Obama folks. Surprise, surprise,...none have even tried to answer. So....?

Satirical 9 years, 4 months ago

KSManimal...Giving an advanced tax refund to those who pay taxes (Bush's economic stimulus plan), is different the giving giving away money the government doesn't have to people who don't pay taxes. (Obama's plan). While one could argue Bush's plan in practice leans socialist to a degree; it is not nearly as socialist as Obama's plan.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 9 years, 4 months ago

I do know that there are several fiscally conservative Democrats (and no, that's not an oxymoron) who participate with AFP. AFP has found fertile ground in both Wichita and Kansas City.

johngalt 9 years, 4 months ago

Yes, let's look at Colorado. Higher income growth, higher per capita income, higher population growth, higher job growth, lower poverty rates. Colorado has really suffered with tax and spending limits.

jafs 9 years, 4 months ago

There are very few politicians who actually believe in smaller government and balanced budgets.All of the last 35 years (except 4, during Clinton's administration) have shown budget deficits, with the largest being during Reagan's terms.The decoded message of groups like AFP is that social programs get cut, corporate aid/restructuring is continued, and we still have budget deficits.It seems to me that we need to combine the right and left on this one - smaller government, less waste, and continued efforts to even out the playing field. Also, make sure we're not spending money we don't have.The bailout money was given without enough guidelines/accountability - how can we give $350 billion away without knowing where it's going? Banks are refusing to disclose how it's being spent - that's OUR money folks.

jafs 9 years, 4 months ago

Over the last 30 years or so, we've seen the effects of Reagan/Bush economic policy.Both of them presided over recessions, high unemployement, etc.The economy has done best under Clinton, in a wide variety of ways.I would say that it's pretty clear that "trickle down" economics doesn't work, and that Clinton's policies were far superior.Of course he wasn't perfect, and made a number of mistakes, but the general policy of "tax and spend" seems to work better than "borrow and spend".

Satirical 9 years, 4 months ago

jafs....The Reagan policies led to the economic boom in the 90s. Clinton's policies, such as easing lending requirement for minorities and indigents, lead us to the crisis were are at today. One thing I have never figured out is how such a large portion of the population doesn't understand basic economics. "Borrow and spend" is a monetary policy to get out of a recession (which both Reagan and W inherited). While I am not a proponent of such a policy, I understand its logic. Hillarious that you think the Dems are more fiscally responsible then Republicans (although W is not a true fiscal conservative).

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