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Statehouse Live: Brownback’s running mate Colyer voted against tax increase but for transportation plan

Candidate supported transportation bill despite opposition to tax increase

June 2, 2010


— U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback’s lieutenant governor running mate, state Sen. Jeff Colyer, R-Overland Park, voted against the recently approved sales tax increase but voted for the new $8.2 billion transportation plan, which will be partially funded with that tax increase.

Asked about this by the Lawrence Journal-World, Colyer said the transportation plan “wasn’t tied to that tax increase.”

Under the tax increase, the state sales tax will increase on July 1 from 5.3 cents per dollar to 6.3 cents per dollar. On July 1, 2013, the tax will decrease to 5.7 cents per dollar and 0.4 cents per dollar of that tax rate will go to the transportation plan. Over the 10-year life of the transportation plan, that portion of the sales tax will generate $1.5 billion.

In signing the transportation bill into law last month, Gov. Mark Parkinson called it one of the most important jobs bills in Kansas history. The vote that made it happen, was the vote for the sales tax increase, said Parkinson, a Democrat who had pushed for the tax increase.

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, who is the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, voted for both the tax increase and the transportation plan.

Colyer was one of five state senators who voted against the tax increase but for the transportation plan. The other four were Les Donovan, R-Wichita, Mike Petersen, R-Wichita, Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, and Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City.

Brownback, the leading Republican candidate for governor, on Tuesday announced his selection of Colyer on the ticket.


sinedie 7 years, 11 months ago

"Asked about this by the Lawrence Journal-World, Colyer said the transportation plan 'wasn’t tied to that tax increase.'"

Let the spin begin! Without the sales tax increase the transportation bill couldn't have been funded. These are the people who attack others for "Taxing and Spending" when they're just spending irresponsibly.

Mary Sucha 7 years, 11 months ago

The highway funds share of the sales tax increase will be used to pay off the "highway bonds", Colyer is the worst kind of politician. He's like the politicians that voted against all the stimulus bills, but then take credit for project's in their states funded with stimulus money. Moran, Jenkins, Brownback, etc.

texburgh 7 years, 11 months ago

Colyer is a typical Republican - he will vote against any taxes and for any program. That's why Republicans in the last few decades have squandered savings and built deficits.

It was a Republican controlled Kansas legislature that went on a corporate tax cutting spree while increasing spending on every program in the budget.

It's time to put Democrats in charge.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Think about it. In the past 30 years the repub tea party has been in involved two major home loan scandals that effectively took the USA economy down the tubes. One is too damn many but twice represents repub economic policy. Wreckanomics is a failed economic policy. In fact wreckanomics is beginning to smell like well planned crimes.

The republican tea party have become masters at putting millions upon millions upon millions of people out of work. AND stealing taxpayers retirement plans along the way.

What Tea Party Repubs do with a remarkable degree of consistency is wreck the economy,initiate huge movements of shipping jobs abroad aka the Reagan-Bush Global Economy and try to wreck social security and medicare.

Is there a definite pattern? Absolutely!

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist

  2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money?

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)

  5. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class

  6. The "tea parties" BTW are part of the wreckanomics program funded by the Koch Brothers... well known oil billionaires. These thinkers back a tax payers bill of rights which is another scheme to reward the upper 1% which is designed to wreck local and state governments.

The Other ENTITLEMENT Program for the Wealthy

All of the above displays reckless economic behavior that which drains the cookie jars.

What do Reagan,Bush and Bush tea party republicans plan for 2010?

Start the typical repub character assassination campaign which in essence is a massive cover-up scheme for the financial disasters that illustrate how the repubs are NOT the financial giants of our time.

Look for Repubs to meddle in other peoples sex lives to distract voters from the issues!

Repubs are NOT good about minding their own business!

Then there has been: 1. Watergate 2. Iran-Contra Illegal weapons sale 3. Secret energy meetings in the white house 4. Pres Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction = multi trillion dollar war and thousands of innocent men,women and children being killed

Paul R Getto 7 years, 11 months ago

Since Senator Sam has a limited vision (cut taxes, outlaw abortion, fund schools at a minimum level and suck up to corporate masters) it will be interesting to see him go head-to-head with the other party. Simple solutions to complex problems will not help us build a long-term future for the state. It will be interesting, to say the least. If nothing else, read "The Family" by Jeff Sharlet to gain some insights. The founders of the family in the 1930's provide some interesting insights into how this group has grown and infected the body politic for decades. One of their most recent activities is to invite the Wall Street bunch over to C Street for a little pep talk. Their promotion of the great ESSENE teacher as a "boxer, brawler, a two-fisted man's man who was also God.(p.88)..." is quite interesting and effective with the monied community who supports their efforts. At least know whom you are voting for before pulling the lever. Sam has his own section, just like Hillary Clinton. See pages 260-272. Key quote in this section: "Brownback doesn't demand that everyone believe in his God--only that they bow down before him. The senator is part holy warrior, part holy fool.....I have seen him (Sam) weep, says (Chuck) Colson, his own voice thick with admiration. There can be no higher praise for a man of power who proclaims his own humility." (p. 270) BTW: The Family has influenced many politicians from both parties; learn about those who are pulling the levers of power, including the invasion and occupation of Iraq. If the Family had their way all the time, we would have invaded Iran by now too.

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