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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Governor to sign tax increase

1-cent hike touted as means to avoid further budget cuts

May 12, 2010

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— Reaction came swiftly Tuesday to the $314 million sales tax increase approved by the Kansas Legislature as the 2010 session closed.

Gov. Mark Parkinson said he would sign it, and the accompanying budget, into law by the end of the month.

“The bipartisan, balanced budget on its way to my desk reflects the values and priorities of Kansans,” Parkinson said.

“The 1-cent sales tax is a temporary solution which prevents permanent damage to our children’s education, our communities’ public safety and the care we provide to vulnerable citizens,” he added.

His comments came after a dramatic showdown in the House where the tax increase gained final approval on a 64-61 vote around 2 a.m. Tuesday, after the roll call was kept open for more than four hours.

Under the tax bill, the state sales tax will go from 5.3 cents per dollar to 6.3 cents per dollar for three years, starting July 1. Then on July 1, 2013, the tax will decrease to 5.7 percent with revenue from 0.4 of a cent going toward highway construction.

The budget and tax bills were crafted by a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans over the objections of a majority of Republicans, including House leaders, and business interests that opposed a tax increase and wanted more cuts.

Dan Murray, Kansas state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said the Legislature “made a big mistake” in approving a tax increase because it will hurt businesses.

“Our members are furious with lawmakers for raising taxes now,” Murray said. “Kansas is still trying to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Our members understand that the state is facing a huge budget deficit, but a tax increase is going to make our economy worse, not better.”

But education advocates praised the legislators who pushed the tax bill through.

Rick Doll, Lawrence schools superintendent, said the Legislature’s action regarding the sales tax increase means the school board won’t have to make additional cuts for next school year.

Lawrence board members in March made $4.6 million worth of program and administrative cuts that caused the district to not offer new contracts to more than 30 teachers. Other cuts included moving the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center into Kennedy School, a 2 percent pay cut through four furlough days for administrators plus one furlough day for classified staff members, and Broken Arrow and Wakarusa Valley schools sharing a principal.

“You hate to say they only cut $4.6 million,” Doll said. “But it’s good they didn’t have to go any deeper.”

Doll said that if the state’s revenue picture worsened in coming months, the district could have to make mid-year cuts, but he said administrators were not thinking about that after Tuesday’s news out of Topeka.

Jill Docking, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, commended legislators who voted to protect higher education funding and approve a tax bill.

“Now is the time for regeneration — the time for the state to invest in its higher education system to lay the foundation for its future economic recovery. To those legislators who were willing to cast such critically important and responsible yes votes, thank you for investing in the future of Kansas,” Docking said.

When Kansas fell into the national recession, state funds dried up. For the first time in modern history, Kansas experienced a decline in tax collections for consecutive years. State officials cut nearly $1 billion as revenue declined and still Kansas faced another $500 million shortfall.

The bipartisan coalition fashioned tax and budget maneuvers to cover that $500 million gap.

Area legislators who voted for the tax bill were Reps. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence; Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City; Paul Davis, D-Lawrence; Ann Mah, D-Topeka; and Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence. Those voting against it were Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, and Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie.

Both the House and Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon. Legislators will return for a brief ceremonial end of the session May 28.

Comments

mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

It's not the 1%...it's the 1% here, then .5% there, then another 1% + a 1% 'temporary tax'. It just adds up over time (and there will always be more coming!)..... I would complain just as much about a 2% tax to build some shopping mall; in fact I'd scream even louder, we/I can't afford some extra tax to upgrade our library -- so we have absolutely NO business using ANY tax for a shopping mall!! After all the taxes we are forced to pay, who has money to shop??

....and still our government refuses to look at taxing porn at any level. Maybe it's because they are all a bunch of ..... never mind, I put them in office.

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GardenMomma 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how many of you who argue that the 1% increase of the state sales tax is unjust will willingly pay the 2% extra sales tax to go to defray developers' cost to build your shopping malls?

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, bend me over and call me a Kansan!

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georgeofwesternkansas 3 years, 11 months ago

I thought the state was building a casino in KC to take care of tax shortfalls?? Remember when Cathy wanted to include the casino revenue in the budget??

Where is the casino??

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bennyoates 3 years, 11 months ago

Nine posts by barrypinhead; in one he whines as if he's the only person who has to pay taxes and whines again that taxation is all about taking from the hardworking to make the lazy lazier.

If barrypinhead indeed has a job, it's a cushy one...lots of free time to whine on LJW or else he's sneaking the posts on the boss's time...

he sounds like the slacker students with scumbag senses of entitlement who text message throughout class and then throw a tantrum when they don't get an A....

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Ray Parker 3 years, 11 months ago

The budget passed this week by Kansas lawmakers includes the Huelskamp/Kinzer amendment, which diverts tax dollars from criminal, racist Planned Parenthood, and restoration of the Stan Clark Fund, which provides matching grant money for non-profit pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. We await baby-hating Gov. Parkinson’s baby-hating veto, like last year.

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West_Sider 3 years, 11 months ago

My experience working in the retail liquor business leads me to believe that many of the companies we buy products from today will use this tax increase to up their prices at the same time.

Every time the state upped the liquor tax our Budweiser distributor would slip a small hike in prices at the same time. When the store regulars bitched about having to pay 52 cents more on their daily 12 pack, they correlated the increase to taxes vs taxes and the distributor.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

Good, lets pay more sales tax. Let's see which business now will get less income. Someone someplace will have less income.

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cammieb 3 years, 11 months ago

In November, the moderates will come out in droves to support the moderate candidates who will support effective bi-partisan legislation.

The reasonable and moderate majority are tired of the negative extremism.

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Godot 3 years, 11 months ago

At least tell it like it is. This new tax represents a nearly 18% increase in the amount of sales tax you pay.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 11 months ago

Republicans raising taxes. Good fun!

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monkeyspunk 3 years, 11 months ago

So, let me get this straight. You so-called conservatives who are so angered about the sales tax, point to Missouri as a refuge from this so-called Liberal agenda. You are serious right? Really? Because my brother lives in Missouri, so I know a little about their politics.

You do realize that Missouri has many more Democrats in their Senate and House than Kansas does right? You do realize that Missouri is a much more Democratic state than Kansas is right? For example, in the Missouri senate the ratio of Republicans to Demos is about 2:1. In the House it is very close to even. In Kansas, land of Conservative Valhalla, the ratio is 4:1 in the Senate, just about 1.5 : 1 in the House.

If you Republicans are unhappy with the current state of affairs, you have a few options, you can move to Missouri, or you could extract your cranium from your rectum and vote for change this year. Most of you lack the courage though, it's too bright out in the sunlight I guess. In your back entrance everything is right, Democrats bad, Republicans good.

You should change your party mascot to an ostrich.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

"Good for you to exercise your right to be spiteful and help prolong the difficulties of your neighbors.'

Tax is already too high. Fail. You don't think everyone is struggling? You're the one being selfish.

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toe 3 years, 11 months ago

Good roads leading to no jobs.

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EasyTiger 3 years, 11 months ago

Come on, Teabaggers! Let's get out the hate! Get out the signs! Get out the demagogues! Get out the teabags! Let's head to the Capital to protest this Socialist outrage! How are we to pay for more flat screen televisions and dinners and nice restaurants and other luxury items?

Down with roads! Down with hospitals! Down with education! Down with police and fire protection! Down with essential services! Not on my dime! Lost your pension due to irresponsible corporate greed? Pick up your bootstraps, hippie! Take your free-loading ass to China.

These Socialist Republicans are stealing our country, Teabaggers! Let's get out the Obama-Hitler-mustache signs and get out there and blame the other guy! How dare they take our right to buy more useless sht? We need that useless sht to feel good about our otherwise empty lives that we endlessly fill with crap we don't need! It's our American duty!!!

Outrage! Greed! Unintelligible drivel! Ignorance! Denial live unprecedented!!!!

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remember_username 3 years, 11 months ago

All this talk of people leaving the state or shopping in MO. I can't see how that is going to save you money unless, like some have said, you routinely travel to MO, or you work for some relocation expense-happy company. I'm sure MO will appreciate your money and since their sales per capita is about 10% higher than KS they don't need as high a sales tax. Goodness knows their roads are in worse shape than ours, and with fewer high school and college graduates per capita than KS, I'm sure their public education system could use your assistance. Good for you to exercise your right to be spiteful and help prolong the difficulties of your neighbors.

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akuna 3 years, 11 months ago

For those interested here is a link to a PDF of state sales tax comparison as of January 2010.

http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales.pdf

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Richard Payton 3 years, 11 months ago

Sloan voted for this tax so did Ballard. Brown in Eudora opposed this tax I think voters will remember Brown in Eudora come next election.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Bad, regressive tax hike. This is on the shoulders of the working man and woman. Bad.

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stuckinthemiddle 3 years, 11 months ago

I think I'll shop here in Kansas... here in town... where sale taxes go to Kansas schools... Lawrence schools... and local roads...

yeah... I think that's what I'll do...

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stuckinthemiddle 3 years, 11 months ago

yeah... Missouri's taxes are lower... as is the quality of their roads and schools...

and... if you're driving to Missouri from Lawrence to shop you're likely to spend at least twenty bucks on gas... so you have to buy at least two-thousand dollars worth of stuff just to break even on the lower sales tax...

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

"Rhythm" while applying 'Carnal Knowledge'?

Hmm hm hm, now there's a thought

Thanks dude

Stimulus, Hmm Hm Hm Rythm, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

“The 1-cent sales tax is a temporary solution...... Then on July 1, 2013, the tax will decrease to 5.7 percent"

Ha! Temporary, that is as funny as trying to use the rhythm method as birth control

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susanneg 3 years, 11 months ago

our state senator joined with the republicans? say it ain't so......

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toe 3 years, 11 months ago

This is really only the beginning. Debt at all levels of government is going to destroy us and the taxes needed to pay back all will cause unrest like we are seeing in Greece. The decline of America is not just a gloom and doom comment, it is simply the fact of massive spending and push back from taxpayers to repay it. We do need immigration from socialist countries so we can have a populous in place accustom to high taxation and government control of all means of production and resources. Better hurry though.

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 11 months ago

2% WILL ADD UP, ON FOOD AND AUTOMOBILES. MISSOURI HERE WE COME.

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Newell_Post 3 years, 11 months ago

There is no such thing as a temporary tax increase. They never revert to a lower tax structure, under the leadership of any party. LJW: come back to this 3 years from now and the story will be about what is being done to make the tax permanent.

Remember Bush Sr.'s promise of "No new taxes!"? He didn't create any new taxes, he just raised the old ones.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 3 years, 11 months ago

It's not a "1-cent hike."

It's an 18.86% increase for three years. (1/5.3 = 18.86%)

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purplesage 3 years, 11 months ago

So - the government, at every level, is hurting for money. Did it ever occur to them that families and households are also strained for resources? A primary reason that government has decreased revenue is related to a downturn in the economy and job losses. It really makes a lot of sense to tax folks who already don't have a job or can't make ends meet on the essentials of life. It would take a Democrat to come up with a proposal like that. Oh wait . . . Mark Parkinson did change parties, didn't he?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

hey yankeevet, please take Barry Penders with you. adios, amigos.

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coldplay 3 years, 11 months ago

There is something wrong with that barrypenders dude. Wow.

Big freaking deal 1 cent. Get over it you broke bastards!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

If you haven't accepted we are drifting toward a European-style entitlement rich socialistic goverment/society, you need to. Or are we there already? Close, real close.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

The American Taxpayer:

A bottomless well from which our fiscally irresponsible and clueless leaders can dip into at will---Dem or Repub. Reminds me of handing a teenager an American Express card with no instructions or limits, just hand it over and say, "Have fun".

God Bless America!

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jstthefacts 3 years, 11 months ago

To he$$ with all those pesky grade schoolers trying to keep those useless schools open.

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Richard Payton 3 years, 11 months ago

The soda tax and nursing home bed tax is next! Tax never ends it just keeps on going and going much like the engerizer bunny!

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

Think of the Topeka bloodsuckers as you would an obnoxious panhandler downtown (although the panhandler deserves more respect.) Does a panhandler you give money to take it and tell you they won't bother you again? No! The next time they see you they bother you even more because they got money out of you in the past.

So those of you who fool yourself and are happy with that this tax increase will do; they'll be back for more, maybe next week, maybe next month. This won't be the last penny they steal from you.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1hn-4a_Uo4&NR=1

Yee Haw!

Stimulus, PAD Attack Taxes, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you all

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwNvglKvo0o&feature=related

Here's to you yankeevet!!

Stimulus, Round Top Tx, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you

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yankeevet 3 years, 11 months ago

Too hell with Kansas............I'm gone too Texas.......

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

"Nothin From Nothin Leaves Nothin"

Big Government rocks

Stimulus, Rock Bottom, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Shardwurm 3 years, 11 months ago

What if we just raise the tax to .50 cents and get it over with in two weeks?

Great way to spend your way out of a recession - take $310 million out of the pockets of consumers. We didn't need it anyway.

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Defender 3 years, 11 months ago

Glad I work near the Missouri border, now I will just shop over there after I get off work. To h*ll with this new tax.

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labmonkey 3 years, 11 months ago

Tax increases are never temporary. How about a 10% sales tax on everything made in China, and no sales tax on things made in Kansas (including Buick LaCrosses and Chevy Malibus). Help support Kansas jobs.

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oskiejackie 3 years, 11 months ago

drive to missouri and shop is soon coming

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Brent Garner 3 years, 11 months ago

Typical of the Ruler centered power structure! Increasingly we appear to have moved from a gov't of the people to a gov't by the rulers. Anyone willing to bet that this "temporary" increase becomes permanent?

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newmedia 3 years, 11 months ago

Kansas sales tax now about 2% higher than Missouri. Sad...

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

This is ingenius!! Big Government needs to demand a VAT tax on Cows and Corn!

Oh the money that Big Government could make!

Stimulus, PAD 'VAT' Corn Cow, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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BigPrune 3 years, 11 months ago

Tax increases NEVER help an economy. History proves this as true.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

Big Government! Go Take Win

Save us from those 'Greedy' Meanies 'Free Market' activity types that 'Take' from the Big Government PADs and the 'Poor' folk. Big Government works in Europe why not here!

Tax Tax Tax Tax Go Take Win

Stimulus, Big Government Saviors, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

Good job, leg; sign it gov. Now on to the source of the manufactured budget crisis: put the 90% of property and the 75% of sales which have been taken off the rolls back on the books. Let's start over and let those who claim they don't have to help paddle the state canoe back in the boat. If everyone pays, we can lower all the rates and generate more income for necessary state services.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

PADs are on the "ATTACK" again. They want your money. Big Government 'Gurus' want your money. They 'HAVE' to take care of those that cannot take care of themselves. 'Free Market' feeding is reaching new heights.

They need your money. They want your money. They will 'Transformation' you.

Stimulus,Need Demand Take PAD, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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danemary 3 years, 11 months ago

what the hell is wrong with cutting your budget gov>? we need to here at home!

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