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Reaction to Parkinson’s tax increase proposal

January 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m. Updated January 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m.


— Here is some of the reaction to Gov. Mark Parkinson’s State of the State address, and his call for a temporary one-cent increase in the state sales tax and 55-cent per pack increase in cigarette tax.

House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell: “With the continuing fall of revenues, the Governor’s proposed budget is unconstitutional. In a shameful change of course from when he took office last year*, the Governor has abdicated his duty to the taxpayers of Kansas by refusing to offer a balanced budget and demanding the largest tax increase in Kansas history. As a legislature we cannot in good conscience accept a budget which refuses to offer a solution to the struggling families and businesses of Kansas.

Kansas Board of Regents Chair Jill Docking: “The Board applauds the Governor’s politically difficult but fiscally responsible decision to propose a revenue enhancement package for Fiscal Year 2011. While it’s never easy to propose a tax increase, the proposal does serve two important purposes. First, it spares the higher education system from additional reductions, which, at this point, would devastate a system already crippled by budget cuts. Second, the $10 million budget enhancement represents an important and positive step in reversing what has become an extremely damaging higher education funding trend. If we do ultimately receive this enhancement, the Board will commit it to strategically targeted investments aimed at boosting the Kansas economy.”

Derrick Sontag, Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity: “Now is the time for our Governor and lawmakers to look in the mirror, not in the pockets of Kansas taxpayers when searching for answers. We have an opportunity to change the way we do business in Kansas by getting control over the reckless way we spend taxpayer dollars and ultimately, changing the reputation of our great state from being considered a high tax state to one that cultivates economic growth and prosperity through reductions in spending and tax rates.”

Mike Maddox, chairman of the Kansas Chamber board: “If Kansas is going to experience a sustained economic recovery and growth, businesses will lead the way by growing jobs. Nothing will hinder the recovery and economic growth more than increasing the tax burden on our citizens.”


weeslicket 8 years, 3 months ago


what was the text of the speech? the responding text? ljw?? reporting? anyone? (my sidewalks have been repeatedly shovel(l)ed, just in case one wonders about such things)

mr_right_wing 8 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, right..."temporary" how many times have we heard that LIE!?

matchbox81 8 years, 3 months ago

So responses from 1 predictably pro-education, and 3 predictably anti-tax. I understand why the reporter ask the opposition party, regents, and chamber of commerce, but why is the "Americans for Prosperity" sharing the same stage as the others? Unlike the other three, the "Americans Prosperity" has no official role in state politics, and shouldn't be confused as such.

texburgh 8 years, 3 months ago

Matchbox81 is right on. But when you get the Kansas Chamber, it's the same as Americans for Prosperity. They are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Koch Industries. The Kochs fund AFP and they fund virtually all of the Kansas Chamber Political Action Committee contributiions. Talk to one and you're talking to the other.

Don't believe me? Check out the Kansas Chamber PAC reports for the 2008 election on the Ethics Commission website.

John Hamm 8 years, 3 months ago

He can go to and stay put! I'm tired of politicians spending my money as if I have bottomless pockets.

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