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Republican lawmaker seeks amendment to limit state’s spending, taxation

February 1, 2010


— A south-central Kansas Republican is seeking a constitutional amendment to put restrictions on spending and taxing.

Rep. Steve Brunk of Bel Aire said Monday that the measure would force legislators to set budget priorities and be better stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Brunk’s proposal would require a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the Legislature to increase taxes. It also would limit spending increases to the rate of inflation.

Any revenues collected above the rate of inflation would first go to two new state reserve funds. Anything above those amounts would be returned to Kansas taxpayers.

The measure is similar to other budget limit proposals sought in previous years. Brunk wants to put the issue to voters in November.


BigDog 8 years, 3 months ago

I was wondering when the Koch brothers would have one of their "friends" introduce the TABOR legislation.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 3 months ago

And pretty soon our state budget would be as messed up as California's.

BigDog 8 years, 3 months ago

Take a look at Colorado's history with this legislation .... the people voted to suspend TABOR a few year's after it was passed due to the impact it was having on the infrastructure of the state.

Bruce Bertsch 8 years, 3 months ago

Colorado and California both have experience with super majority tax issues. California is now ungovernable as the public passes inititatives to spend but the legislature can't get a super majority to fund the issues. This idea is AWFUL.

MyName 8 years, 3 months ago

Not only is this amendment dumb in terms of government (as other folks have mentioned: look at California and Colorado), but it's also dumb politics. They'd like to think that this would give more power to the right-wing of the GOP since they can boycott any spending, but what it would actually do is push the moderate reps even closer to the Dems since both groups actually want the government to, you know, govern.

Uhjh 8 years, 3 months ago

Just who had the biggest credit card – two unfinanced wars, a trillion dollars in debt and the sacrifice of war a wrecked economy. The way funding for education is going are future slogan will be 'As Backwards as You Can Think'. You can't cut taxes and spending forever.

feeble 8 years, 3 months ago

Kansas is already in the forced spending boat, after Montoy v. State went to the State Supreme Court, and it is unlikely to get off any time soon.

A two-thirds vote requirement essentials means that without a strong supermajority, nothing happens. It is an attempt to kill government by forced inaction.

Seeing as Brunk is interested in starving the beast, he might as well propose a two-thirds vote requirement on all new spending, in addition to tying spending increases to the rate of inflation. If you're going to kneecap someone, why stop at one leg?

notajayhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

Uhjh (Anonymous) says…

"Just who had the biggest credit card – "

Well, uhjh, I'm glad you asked - that's the easiest question of the day to answer:

"Obama budget: Record spending, record deficit"

Hint: By "record," they ain't talkin' the smallest ever.

Orwell 8 years, 3 months ago

So… lemme get this straight. He thinks we ought to have a law that says the votes of the people against a tax increase should count twice as much as the votes of people who support an increase. I guess that's what you try for when you can't persuade a majority you're right.

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