Advertisement

Archive for Friday, December 2, 2011

Kansans support current tax rates, more school funding, according to survey

December 2, 2011

Advertisement

— Elected officials wanting to cut taxes and school funding may want to look at the new Kansas Speaks report.

Related document

Kansas Speaks Report ( .PDF )

The annual survey done by The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows most Kansans want to keep tax rates where they currently are and say funding to public schools should be increased.

The random sample of 1,039 adult Kansans took place from June 21 to Aug. 10 with 807 completed telephone surveys and 232 completed mailed questionnaires. It had a plus or minus margin of error of 3 percent.

More respondents favored keeping income, sales and property taxes at their current rates. But when asked about preferences for changing taxes for various earner categories, respondents were most likely to favor increasing taxes on large corporations (63 percent) and high income earners (58 percent).

Fifty-eight percent support increased funding for kindergarten through 12th grade, but only 35 percent said funding for higher education should increase.

The results follow record cuts to public schools administered earlier this year by Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

Brownback has also said he wants to overhaul the school finance system and the state tax code in the 2012 legislative session that starts next month.

On other policy issues, 69 percent support Kansas' new law that will require photo ID when voting.

And Brownback's decision to eliminate state funding to the Kansas Arts Commission was opposed by 41 percent of Kansans and supported by 28 percent.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act was favored 47 percent to 39 percent and FOX News scored highest as both the most trusted TV source (19 percent) and least trusted TV source (20 percent).

Comments

plainspeaking 2 years, 11 months ago

excellent information!

will the governor listen? probably not. he listens to a higher power.

Don Whiteley 2 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely the liberal position on anything...tax the same, spend more. No wonder our governments are buried in debt. Fully agree, more school funding, and fully agree that tax payers need to pay more to support it.

Tracy Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

Do people not realize that the only way corporations pay more taxes is for them to raise the prices/rates of whatever it is they sell/make. So we all end up paying for it in the end anyway.

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

Except that businesses could for the better of society, accept smaller profits. They don't have to raise prices to keep the same profit level.

jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

Corporations have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders to maximize profits.

If they're public corporations.

KSManimal 2 years, 11 months ago

You didn't read past the first sentence, did ya?

"when asked about preferences for changing taxes for various earner categories, respondents were most likely to favor increasing taxes on large corporations (63 percent) and high income earners (58 percent)."

They WERE offered choices, and they chose "raise taxes on large corporations and high income earners, and use the money to increase public school funding."

This is why Brownback & Co are working on their tax and school finance proposals in secret - they know damn well they aren't doing the will of the people; except for the two guys they work for...... rhymes with "joke".....

Jonathan Fox 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree, of course more people want corporations and high income earners to pay more taxes. I bet the survey didn't even have much, if any response from that demographic. The reality is that taxing these groups equals a very small increase in revenue; not even close to covering the mentioned education cut.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Another (?) survey that was reported here the other day showed that even high-income earners thought that the wealthy should see their taxes increased-- I believe it was something like 58% in favor.

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

I hope you aren't saying, "don't raise taxes on the rich, because that won't solve the problem." True, it may not "solve" the problem, but it's at least a partial solution.

kugrad 2 years, 11 months ago

Read as: "Surveys that produce findings I disagree with are worthless."

rbwaa 2 years, 11 months ago

"FOX News scored highest as both the most trusted TV source (19 percent) and least trusted TV source (20 percent)" this one gave me a really good chuckle!!!

Commenting has been disabled for this item.