Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2011

Statehouse Live: Brownback to be keynoter at Kansas Policy Institute’s annual event

August 25, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a group that supports elimination of the state income tax, using tax credits to send children to private schools and a 401(k) plan for new state employees to replace the current pension system.

The annual dinner of the Kansas Policy Institute is scheduled for Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

Brownback’s speech topic is “Creating Jobs Through Fundamental Tax Reform.” KPI said he will discuss his goal of eliminating the state income tax.

Tickets to the event are $3,000 for a “personal freedom sponsor,” which includes a reception, dinner, a copy of “Rich States, Poor States” with a foreword written by Brownback, and top listing in the program; $2,000 for a “free market sponsor,” which includes the same features except prominent listing in the program.

A “limited government sponsorship” includes reception and dinner and listing in the program, and individual tickets for a general reception and dinner are $85 each.

KPI describes itself as “an independent think tank that advocates for free market solutions and the protection of personal freedom for all Kansans.”

Dave Trabert, the group’s president, has frequently appeared before legislative committees to testify.

Trabert said elimination of the state personal income tax and reducing the corporate income tax would spur economic growth in the state. He said the proposal will be one of the major issues of the 2012 legislative session that starts in January.

Brownback has said he wants to eliminate the tax but has not proposed a specific plan.

Nick Jordan, Brownback’s revenue secretary, is working on a proposal to present to the governor prior to the legislative session.

At a summit on the service economy in Overland Park on Wednesday, Brownback said that making changes to the state’s tax code was critical.

“People act economically rational,” he said. “We’ve got to create a rationale for people to grow here and be here,” he said.

But he got some push back from several business leaders at the summit. Some said they feared reducing the income tax would put pressure to increase the state sales tax, while other said they feared it would reduce revenue available for public schools.


Paul R Getto 6 years, 8 months ago

I think I'll pass on this one. Should be interesting to watch him preach to the choir. Eliminating taxes always sounds like fun. Must be another of his 'faith-based' initiatives. "Hey, let's cut the legs off government and hand it over to the churches. Have faith in my vision, folks; the C-Street Cult knows what will work."

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

It's the same magical thinking he had with the SRS closure. Eliminate state income taxes and force the communities to pay for it through property tax hikes. That or you force it through raises in sales tax. I'm not sure where the tax credits for private schools would come in if you don't actually have taxes in which to credit, though.

whosrunningthisplace 6 years, 7 months ago

Raising property taxes is always a great idea if a person is a corporation (you can be that now!) and you are getting tax bonds and exemptions so you can stay and use the workers for more and more profits. This way only the young trying to get established and promote those "family values" and the elderly with fixed incomes, will be the ones to carry the Gov's budget on their backs. Sales taxes are really nice for those that spend a small portion of their earnings. "Small" compared to most of us that have to spend all or nearly all we earn, just to make ends meet! Yes, Gov. is a real Jenius! (spelling intended!)

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 8 months ago

Is Governer Perry (of Texas) going to attend and pray for this?

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

It's the third Thursday of the month. Isn't that when Trabert has his regularly scheduled self-promoting appearance for the LJ World comments section? it's been nearly a month since we've heard him rehash his non-partisan-not-a-Koch-employee-just-providing-government-info-and-framing-it-deceptively spiel.

cowboy 6 years, 8 months ago

Sandy Praeger for governor , change your reg to repub and force this whack job out in a primary.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

not going to work because there are more of us conservatives that you libs...

coloradoan 6 years, 7 months ago

If you understood conservatism you would not support the use of tax dollars to provide school vouchers for the well-to-do to attend private schools, would you? The number of people who support that elitist idea may be less than you think.

cowboy 6 years, 8 months ago

Sandy Praeger for governor , change your reg to repub and force this whack job out in a primary.

somedude20 6 years, 8 months ago

if I had magicial powers I would turn Brownback into a hotdog and let a poor person eat it; or, and this just came to me; lets do a Human Centipede thing and put GWB (he has had enough time being the as$) at the front, Colin Powell in the middle (will never forgive him pushing Iraq 2 and putting our troops in harms way for politics) and old Brownback at the tail end (let him enjoy eating the twice processed "food" and then getting rid of it)

Hey Brownie, how many people have you killed with your janky as$ed stupid religious policies so far?

whosrunningthisplace 6 years, 7 months ago

I didn't see the cost for us second class, American Workers, or the elderly, the disabled, the teachers, the young women! Maybe they will be let in the door for free. Why does this sound like a horror movie?

Paul R Getto 6 years, 8 months ago

Interesting sidebar to all of this. The best line, "They are acting like regular Republicans" (flying around the country; eating "like kings and queens" and not telling people where the money they donate is actually going.)

nouseforaname 6 years, 8 months ago

"People act economically rational," [Brownback] said.

No, they do not. If they did then there would be an economic theory out there that would work perfectly and you wouldn't have things like people going $100,000 in debt for a theology degree (and yes, I know someone that did that). In fact, the current economic health of the nation is proof positive that people don't act rationally with regards to economics.

But Brownback and all the other people at the KPI can keep thinking that if helps them rationalize their own irrational policies.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

If we were economically rational, we'd never have elected a fiscally irresponsible idiot like Brownback in the first place.

whosrunningthisplace 6 years, 7 months ago

What a incredibly correct statement! I just don't know how insulted I am that you used the word "we" for you and I surely didn't vote for this ....... individual.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

The fact is that Kansas needs some new thinking... we need to bring jobs and industry back to our State! Having the highest taxes and poorest economic development models in the nation has not helped to create jobs! Let Mr. Brownback make conservative proposals and present them to the Legislature. Let's make some changes in Kansas to benefit business, agriculture, and small business owners! Let's help the people of our state by reforming education and bring in good high paying jobs Mr. Brownback should not be criticized for working on these issues!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Do we pay elected officials to do fund raisers?

Sandy Praeger could switch parties or thousands of us could switch parties or republicans could get behind Tom Holland and keep Sandy Praeger at her current position.

Believe me you can bet that Koch money and Brownback will be going after Sandy Praeger.

Meet the KPI agenda:

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