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Kansas Democratic leadership calls for change in taxes to help fill state coffers

April 26, 2011

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As the legislative session reconvenes, Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they would push for a resolution condemning a Republican legislator for remarks he made about undocumented immigrants. And they support a tax change to pump more revenue into state coffers.

But facing huge Republican majorities, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence didn't predict the chances that their proposals would have during the session that reopens Wednesday.

Davis said the remarks of Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, are worthy of a vote of condemnation in the House.

“He has brought shame on the institution” of the Legislature, Davis said.

During a House committee meeting in March, Peck compared illegal immigrants to feral hogs and said perhaps the state should shoot them from helicopters. He later said he was joking and issued a two-sentence apology in a news release.

On the tax front, with legislators poised to make deep cuts in education and social services, Hensley said he would propose “de-coupling” the state tax system from federal tax cuts made in December.

Earlier this month, state revenue forecasters said the state would lose $53 million in the next fiscal year in likely tax revenue because of federal tax code changes.

The new federal tax provisions were made on business expensing, bonus depreciation, removal of limitations on itemized deductions for high-income taxpayers, and other tax credits.

“Our budget would be in the black but for the fact the feds made these tax changes,” Hensley said.

Democrats have proposed breaking off the state tax code from federal tax cuts in the past, but Republicans have rejected the idea.

Comments

Kontum1972 2 years, 11 months ago

and where has all that lottery money gone too? isnt that the premise given when it was on the ballot..the great sums of revenue it would generate for the State....

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newmedia 2 years, 11 months ago

You can bet if the current tax rates were increased you wouldn't hear a peep out of Hensley and Davis except probably calls for increased spending. Sad but true.

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iLikelawrence 2 years, 11 months ago

That is an awesome comparison. I've never found words to put it like that but it's very true.

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Joshua Montgomery 2 years, 11 months ago

I know, selfish Democrats. Always pushing for more funding for education, the elderly and a social safety net for the least fortunate. Selfish, selfish, selfish.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 11 months ago

Democrats > spend, spend, spend > tax, tax, tax.... Don't ya jus' love 'em? NOT

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wastewatcher 2 years, 11 months ago

All the Dems want to do is throw roadblocks, stymie progress, and raise taxes. We can attribute our current situation to eight years of Sebelius and her cronies, Davis and Hensley. Remember their LIBERAL POSITIONS were soundly rejected at the ballot box last November . If the Dems want to become relevant, they should get new leadership and positive ideas.

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