Archive for Thursday, February 4, 2010

14 Kansas Republicans introduce legislation to require votes before any property tax hike

February 4, 2010


— Fourteen House Republicans are sponsoring a measure that attempts to slow the growth of property taxes in Kansas.

At a news conference Thursday, Rep. Steve Brunk of Bel Aire said the group wants to curb what it says are “staggering” increases in property taxes.

As outlined, the proposal would require any increase in local property taxes to be approved by voters. The base mill levy — a tax of $1 for every $1,000 in assessed valuation — would move the opposite direction of any changes in the total appraised value in a city, county, school district or other taxing jurisdiction.

The group calls it a progressive way for Kansans to keep property taxes manageable. Members say it also would give voters a voice in any rate increases.


BigDog 8 years, 4 months ago

Steve Brunk again ..... he has become the mouthpiece for the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries.

It sounds great in theory ...... but will be a nightmare if local community needs to raise property tax even slightly. Yes property taxes in many communities have risen too much but this seems a bit extreme.

Steve Bunch 8 years, 4 months ago

More morons. Or are these the same morons?

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years, 4 months ago

Republicans = Comunists and Democrats = Wimps.. Free thinkers get the job done..

Liberty275 8 years, 4 months ago

I wish we could vote before the department of revenue artificially raises the value of our houses to collect more taxes.

Mary Sucha 8 years, 4 months ago

Rep Brunk, shouldn't voters also have a say(vote) for any reductions in property taxes?

N_Trenched 8 years, 4 months ago

Wow, a common sense citizens the power to control their taxes. Our rep's must be listening to the will of the people.

kugrad 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't recall any effort by the Republicans to get public input, let alone a vote, when they reduced the state property tax that goes to public schools by close to half in the 1990s. Compared to other states, we are not paying extraordinarily high property taxes.

kansasmutt 8 years, 4 months ago

kugrad ) Did you grow up in Kansas ? Have you been a lifer in Kansas ? For what this state has to offer , the tax’s are stupid high. The tax’s on a single family home have doubled 9 times in 20 years. I don’t know about you, but in another 15 i plan to retire and if my tax’s go up anymore, i am screwed. We are all screwed. You compare Kansas tax’s to other states. Other states have things to do and destinations for tourism. Kansas has nothing. Lots of flint hills with no trees, lots of fields of corn and not much else. Every time someone wants to build an amusement park or something for kids to do, it gets voted down. Kansas needs to bring something to the table for a draw to the state. Kansas lacks business attractions , due to the leaders wanting to stifle small business growth. They think Kansas is so great because we have KU and KSU and great basketball, whooptie dewwww. Kansas has no pro teams of any sport, just wantabe minor league sports. You ever noticed ALL the SPORTS teams are in Missouri , not on the Kansas side ? There is a reason for that. It’s call over taxing. No incentives and last but not least, lack of leadership.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Last but not least is our schools. Our schools are a joke and we are turning out kids who have no real world skills. They learn how to socialize and use a computer. They can’t add or subtract and cant read any better than a 3rd grader in the 70s. BUT they have the best , biggest most costly schools in the nation. Yippy Yiey.

Paul R Getto 8 years, 4 months ago

We have term limits and control over our legislators; they are called elections, which most people eschew. With more participation and closer attention, these issues can be addressed without silly and arbitrary limits requiring a super-majority. California began their decline in the 1970's with their notorious tax limits. Kansas, despite the Koch brother's prevarications, is a mid-range tax state, not one of the highest. Many local tax increases are due to legislative neglect when they lie to their constituents about supporting programs, brag they didn't raise taxes, then force local entities, schools included to raise less efficient taxes at the local level to fund needed programs. The real solution is: answer these questions: 1. What do we want government to do? 2. What will it cost? 3. How will we pay for it? If the answer to #3 is, "I don't want to pay that much." Go back to #1 and take something off the list. Since 80%+ of any state budget is education and social services, some of these items will need to be removed from #1.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

This is political rhetoric from a bunch who must be running for office again. These sound like big government employees who claim to dislike big government hmmmmmmm.

So they claim to be concerned about local increased tax hikes? Yet they are sending less of OUR state tax dollars back to the community. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

The Tea Party's Takeover of the GOP

The anti-health care reform rally in Washington indicates the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement are increasingly one and the same.

You have to hand it to Michele Bachmann: She has succeeded in turning the GOP into one big Tea Party. This past weekend, the Minnesota Republican went on Fox News and called on viewers to show up on the Capitol lawn on Thursday at noon for a press conference and a last ditch attempt to kill health care reform. The gathering that resulted was marked by the now-routine extremism of the Tea Party conservatives.

Others questioned President Obama’s citizenship, portrayed him as Sambo, or called him a traitor. One said, "Obama takes his orders from the Rothschilds." Old ladies wore red T-shirts decrying "Obamao care." The crowd also took spirited swipes at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At one point someone yelled, "Put down your Botox and show yourself."

But what was most noteworthy was that the entire House Republican leadership was also in attendance—and their rhetoric was just as over-the-top as some of the protesters. House Minority Leader John Boehner declared the health care bill the "greatest threat to freedom I have seen."

In essence, Congressional Republicans were merging with a movement that gives open expression to racist and anti-Semitic sentiments.

The crowd was several thousand strong, many bused in by Americans for Prosperity, a group created by the owners of Koch Industries, a huge oil and gas conglomerate. The AFP chapter from New Jersey reportedly sent 29 buses.

Four AFP buses came from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and more came from Richmond and North Carolina. Lots of people in the crowd carried AFP signs or stickers warning "Hands off my health care."


Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

Mother Jones Dates: August 1, 1837 - November 30, 1930 (she claimed May 1, 1830 as her birth date)

Occupation: labor organizer

Known for: radical support of mine workers, radical politics

Also Known as: Mother of All Agitators, the Miner's Angel. Birth name: Mary Harris. Married name: Mary Harris Jones

About Mother Jones:

Born Mary Harris in Ireland, raised in Canada, a teacher in Michigan and a dressmaker in Chicago, she married George Jones in 1861 and they had four children.

George Jones and all four children died in a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1867. Mary Harris Jones then moved to Chicago, where she became a dressmaker. She lost her home, shop and belongings in the Chicago Fire.

A gradually growing interest in labor union issues and in radical politics led her to become active by her late 50s as Mother Jones, white-haired radical labor organizer.

Mother Jones worked mainly with the United Mine Workers, where, among other activities, she often organized strikers' wives.

In 1903 Mother Jones led a children's march from Kensington, Pennsylvania, to New York to protest child labor to President Roosevelt. In 1905, Mother Jones was among the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, the "Wobblies").

In the 1920s, Mother Jones wrote her Autobiography. Mother Jones became less active as her health failed, and died in 1930, age 83 (she claimed 100).

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