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Letters to the Editor

A bigger pie

October 21, 2010

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To the editor:

Soon, there is a chance to direct the course of government. Candidates are out in support of this group or cause but give few details on how they would reach their goal. Education funding is a big issue and few don’t support it. But it consumes more than 60 percent of the state budget and around 50 percent of our local one. How are these candidates going to fulfill their promises?

Reality has shown that higher taxes actually reduce the amount of revenue that government agencies receive. Right now, the revenue pie is only so big. Raising one program’s percentage only reduces another’s. Raising taxes for “green space,” historical preservation, schools, and, oh yes, the library is misguided. Taking more money from me will only cause me to reduce spending elsewhere.

How do we remedy this? GET A BIGGER PIE. The way to fund the causes people espouse is to increase revenue by increasing the number of jobs and businesses we have.

I’m say “yes” to candidates with a plan to increase job opportunities and “no” to tax increases and to those who continually turn away opportunities for this community to grow its tax base.

Most importantly, I’m voting. Are you?

Ken Meyer,

Lawrence

Comments

Stain 3 years, 6 months ago

If Brownback becomes governor, public schools will starve, and the gap between the quality of education for the rich and for the poor will be wider than ever.

Vote Tom Holland if you care about the future, about your children and everyone else's, and about America continuing to compete in a global economy.

Brownback is the kiss of death for education in Kansas.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 6 months ago

A more appropriate metaphor may be "the boat." The Legislature has taken 90% of the property and 75% of the sales 'off the books,' leaving those of us without powerful friends to pay almost all the tax load. Search for the Hugo Wall reports on tax base erosion at Wichita State U for details. These studies, funded by the legislature, lay out the whole story. If everyone were put back in the boat, overall rates could be reduced and revenues enhanced to meet vital state needs.

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somedude20 3 years, 6 months ago

"That’s my pie!"-Stan Gable

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 6 months ago

Why do I have to share my pie?

If liberals don't have any pie, let them eat astroturf. Let them use Pelosi's food-stamps. A dollar of them is worth $1.79 according to her.

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Jimo 3 years, 6 months ago

"Right now, the revenue pie is only so big."

No, we just exempt ever larger amounts of revenue being put into the pie. Factually, the wealthy end up with more after-tax money relative to everyone else than at any time in the last 75 years (that last time the economy collapse because the middle class wasn't getting their share of the nation's production).

Perhaps only Bozo wishes that everyone ended up with the same bank account. But the real question is "how much more" some will have? 5 times? 10 times? 25 times? But what about 2,000 times?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 6 months ago

"Reality has shown that higher taxes actually reduce the amount of revenue that government agencies receive."

Well, no, it doesn't, but many people certainly think that if it's repeated often enough, it will become reality.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 6 months ago

Beck has used pies to illustrate his point a few times. As much as it pains me to see perfectly good pecan or cherry pie hacked to pieces by some right-wing nutcase, he makes his point.

May a pie-in-the-sky kind of god, bless.

Good letter.

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