Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gov.-elect Sam Brownback won’t advocate repeal of new statewide sales tax

November 11, 2010


— Gov.-elect Sam Brownback — and apparently most Kansans — oppose a proposal to repeal the 1-cent state sales tax increase.

Brownback, a Republican, faces a move from some Republican House members to try to repeal the tax increase that went into effect July 1.

But Brownback told reporters on Thursday that repealing the increase would make the state budget situation worse.

“Our fiscal situation is not stable,” Brownback said.

A statewide survey showed that 47 percent of Kansans oppose repeal, 38 percent support it, while 14 percent were unsure.

The survey of 500 Kansans was conducted for television station KWCH.

And the survey found that 67 percent of those who supported the repeal changed their minds when asked if they would still support it if the repeal meant cuts to education, social services and public safety.

In stating his opposition to the repeal, Brownback noted the increase from 5.3 cents per dollar to 6.3 cents per dollar goes down after three years to 5.7 cents per dollar, and then a portion of that is used to fund the state highway program.

But Brownback rejected the notion that it was a good idea for the Legislature to pass the tax increase.

Asked if the tax increase, which was passed during a bruising legislative session earlier this year, was necessary, Brownback said, “I'm not going to say that.”

He added, “I'm not for raising taxes. When you raise taxes, you send a signal that you are a high-tax state.”

The 1-cent sales tax increase is projected to raise approximately $300 million in new revenue. Even so, the state faces a budget deficit in the $500 million range because of increased costs and the expiration of federal stimulus funds.

Brownback is working on a proposed budget for the Legislature to consider when the 2011 session starts in January.

But next week, Brownback, a U.S. senator, will return to Washington, D.C., for the lame-duck session of Congress, which may consider repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which bans gays from openly serving in the military.

After giving a speech during a Veterans Day observance, Brownback told reporters that he would oppose repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” saying the policy “has worked relatively well.”

On the issue of a proposed federal biodefense lab in Manhattan, Brownback said Kansas will do whatever it takes to ensure that the facility is safe.

A study is due Monday on the $451 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Critics have said the facility shouldn’t be built in the nation’s heartland.

“We’re just committed to making it safe. Period,” Brownback said.


Nonsense 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, there you go people, you got what you voted for. Can't wait for 2014.

whiteguy 7 years, 7 months ago

I guess youd rather see the state go broke and Teachers get laid off or fired . I mean one cent might break you after all !

oldvet 7 years, 7 months ago

Nah, they don't want the state to go broke nor have teachers fired... they just want to moan and bitch because they got their clocks cleaned a week ago...

nut_case 7 years, 7 months ago

Send the teachers to work on the new library.

KSManimal 7 years, 7 months ago

"Brownback told reporters on Thursday that repealing the increase would make the state budget situation worse."

So Mr. "Never raise taxes during a recession" now says this tax increase, during a recession, is helping the situation?

Does he believe anything he says, or does he just say whatever he thinks people want to hear at a given moment in time?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

Of course he can't lower the sales tax rate. As I noted previously, that's what he's going to use to finance the income tax reduction for the Koch brothers and other wealthy Kansans who are much less effected by sales taxes than the great majority of Kansans are.

CLARKKENT 7 years, 7 months ago



laughingatallofu 7 years, 7 months ago

So, the governor-elect not repealing the sales tax increase is analogous to the President not extending the Bush tax cuts, right? I thought that republicans were for cut-cut-cut taxes and screw the consequences.

Boy, did ol' Sammy pull one over on the Kansas electorate.

Keith 7 years, 7 months ago

Meet the new boss, that same as the old boss.

Tom McCune 7 years, 7 months ago

Why anyone would vote for this turkey is beyond me.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

So Brownback did the math and realized that you can't make a billion dollar hole in the budget disappear using magical thinking. Who knew?

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 7 months ago

Sam needs that sales tax money to fund his plans to eliminate the corporate income tax.

Corporations needs the income tax eliminated so they can spend more anonymous money buying elections for folks like Sam.

I love it when a plan comes together. Welcome to the 1890's.

slowplay 7 years, 7 months ago

Is that a picture of Brownback or Greg Brady (Barry Williams)? Twins separated at birth?

Robert Marble 7 years, 7 months ago

get rid of funding for anything related to 'arts', get rid of funding for anything ESL related, stop funding of any and all bogus social engineering crap like 'diversity programs', etc...eliminate the non essentials then this increase wouldn't be necessary...

laughingatallofu 7 years, 7 months ago

Who will decide what's non-essential? You, Robert? Don't make me laugh. Come to think about it, clean drinking water isn't essential. Look at Haiti. Heck, only a couple of hundred out of a couple of million died from cholera. And those that died were probably the slackers who couldn't fend for themselves. Serves 'em right. Isn't that what the republican party is all about, Robert? Fending for yourself? Brownback's ignorance pales in comparison to yours. Thanks for the chuckle, Robert. You have a nice day, now.

MyName 7 years, 7 months ago

What the heck are you even talking about exactly? Do you think we're spending $300M on ESL projects? Were you absent the week they explained the difference between $300 and $300 Million?

Robert Marble 7 years, 7 months ago

wow, laughingstock & myname are sure quick to anger. You should probably get some counseling for those emotional issues, girls. cut non essentials, that should be agreeable to people on both sides of the political spectrum- how could you possibly find something to snivel about in that statement? geez, get a grip.....cut the non essentials, focus on the necessities. simple concept even you two non thinkers should be able to comprehend....apparently just looking for an excuse to bey a keyboard troll, eh? Drinking water, really laughinstock? I've just reviewed my previous post, never said a thing about it... myname- you attempt to insinuate I mentioned anythiung stating $300 on on ESL lol...what an idiot...go re-read it, einstein....esl was mentioned as a non essential to cut as an example...if it disturbed you that badly you should lay off the meth & possibly switch to decaf. Care to demonstrate any more theatrics / hysterics, or have you been slapped down enough?

KSManimal 7 years, 7 months ago

ESL isn't a "non-essential to cut"; but rather is in fact required by federal laws such as the Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1974 and ESEA (NCLB).

Nonetheless, our honorable state government has seen fit to ignore laws pertaining to public education; thus they are now being sued (again).

Robert Marble 7 years, 7 months ago

here's a hint: there will always be someone with a viewpoint that doesn't match yours, so it's not necessary to get your panties in such a twist when you encounter a different opinion. If you two get so emotionally worked up every time someone expresses an opinion differing from yours, you're going to be in a rough time. save your tantrums for the dnc.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 7 months ago

here's a hint - your viewpoint is long on symbolism and short on fiscal solutions.

For example, ESL is not non-essential. In fact, in Kansas it is heavily utilized by native German speaking populations.

You have a lot of axes to grind but no real solutions. Symbolism has never balanced a budget.

laughingatallofu 7 years, 7 months ago

Robert, tell me what is non-essential? Arts? Just because you're a boor and see no use for the arts doesn't mean that the taxpayers of this backward state don't see value in funding them. ESL? Yep, we'd better replace that with Chinese as a second language, because the way our politicians and corporations are managing our country/economy, we're all going to be taking that course. During the recent campaign, the repubs were all about getting rid of earmarks. Now, there are Senators passing around letters "informing" the new members how "essential" earmarks are. Non-essential to you is essential to someone else. If your pork were taken away, you'd undoubtedly be screaming bloody murder.

Also Robert, I didn't ridicule your name, nor did I call you an idiot (as you did MyName) or insult others by insinuating that they're non-thinkers, using meth, etc.. I do, however, believe that you display a disturbing amount of ignorance as in your posts.

Regarding hysterics, and theatrics, look in the mirror Robert. Do you see what I see in your last post? Self-reflection is not a bad thing to do every now and then. Have a good rest of the day.

Robert Marble 7 years, 7 months ago

no, esl is not essential at all. sure it does good and is beneficial, but it is far from essential. police, fire, medical, water, power, defense, infrastructure- all essential items. this is not 'symbolism' as you say, merely stating a fact. in the face of such serious budget problems it's time to separate the necesseities from the luxuries. stating that in no way implies "an axe to grind", as you so colorfully accused,, have you folks here deteriorated so much that any difference of opinion should invoke such over the top whining & accusations? how does that tactic work out for you people? it must be a very insular existence indeed if you're so unable to interact with people who have opposing viewpoints. it may well be the norm for you folks that spend 99% of your time chained to the internet get must really suck to give everyone such control over your emotional state.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 7 months ago

Still no solutions.

Failure to fund ESL, which is used by hundreds of non-Spanish speaking Kansans, would mean denying an education to a child.

Now, maybe you don't consider an education to be essential.

KSManimal 7 years, 7 months ago

"in the face of such serious budget problems it's time to separate the necesseities from the luxuries."

I agree. However, that isn't what our state government has done. There is only ONE legal obligation for state government, and that is public education. It would seem that following the law is a necessity.

Yet, rather than follow the laws (such as EEOA, ESEA, KSA 72-64(c)03, KSA 72-64(c)04, and Article 6 of the KS Constitution, to name a few....); our state government has instead continued to cut taxes and grant exemptions for their friends rather than follow the law.

There is also great irony in the fact that you have now posted several emotional rants, ending this one with the statement "it must really suck to give everyone such control over your emotional state."

laughingatallofu 7 years, 7 months ago

it must really suck to give everyone such control over your emotional state.

Robert, take a look at your last post and ask yourself who's controlling who...


KEITHMILES05 7 years, 7 months ago

Why does Brownie think the don't ask/don't tell policy has worked "relatively well" and on what basis does he come to that conclusion? Does he applaud the fact there have been thousands of gay and lesbian very dedicated soliders discharged because of who they are? Does he think that is "relatively well" in the scheme of things?

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 7 months ago

Hahahahahahaha! I can't wait until this man takes office :) Watching the train wreck that happens is going to be just fascinating.

WHY 7 years, 7 months ago

The repub doesn't want to lower taxes. Looks like he is becoming a democrat and trying to see the long road. Sometimes you just have to pay a bit more to keep things running. No commie state, no panic, just a few bucks to keep the show on the road. Oh well, as long as he pretends he is against abortion conservatives will vote for him no matter what he does even though he will not change the law one bit.

laughingatallofu 7 years, 7 months ago

Surprising that there aren't more defenders of Sam out and about today. Perhaps they're suffering their first bout of Buyer's Remorse.

Clevercowgirl 7 years, 7 months ago

This is a microcosm of what will happen across the country. Those elected under a combined GOP/Tea Party platform, will quickly find that many ideals stated in their campaigns will not jibe with the reality of our current financial situation. Too bad reason and moderation is not a very enticing platform for a campaign. It seems people want to be told how we can "fix" social and economic problems. Simple answers for simple people. Welcome to the real world Sam. Resources do not flow endlessly in Kansas as they do in Washington.

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