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State senator calls for early repeal of 1-cent sales tax

December 5, 2011

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— A state senator from Sedgwick County is proposing that Kansas lawmakers roll back a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax six months before it's due to expire.

Republican Sen. Carolyn McGinn says Monday that rolling back the tax early will keep the state's promise to taxpayers without causing problems for state programs.

The three-year increase was approved in 2010 as state revenues plummeted and budgets were tightened.

With the economy rebounding sooner than predicted, the Senate Ways and Means Committee chairwoman wants the 1-cent hike to expire on Dec. 31, 2012, instead of July 1, 2013.

McGinn says a portion of the tax dedicated to highway projects would remain in place. She also says she hasn't spoken about her proposal with Gov. Sam Brownback, who's preparing his own tax plan.

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DrQuack 2 years, 4 months ago

Very good ideas from JayhawkFan1985 and Philbert. The KPERS retirement plan is woefully underfunded and retirees have not received a COLA in years. Our public schools also need the funds which were cut by Ebenezer Brownback and his cohorts in Topeka. He closed the Lawrence SRS office solely as political retribution to a county that did not vote for him in the last election. Next November, let's vote Brownback's Neo-Nazis out of office. They're a nation-wide embarassment.

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Phillbert 2 years, 4 months ago

So this must mean we've restored all the cuts that were made to schools? And the cuts that made cities like Lawrence have to pick up the tab for their SRS offices to help the poor? Right? Oh, wait...

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

Here is a novel idea. Why not use this sales tax to fix KPERS and give state employees a pay raise. It has been 8 years since they have had raises which predates the recession. The grossly underpaid teachers in our state, the hardworking members of the Highway Patrol that keep highways safe, the hardworking members of SRS who keep kids safe, the highway workers who keep the highways the best in the US deserve better from taxpayers and the state's political leadership.

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toe 2 years, 4 months ago

It was actually nice to have the increase. I have avoided buying a car and bought many items online. I exercised some discipline and actually saved some money.

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observant 2 years, 4 months ago

Didn't need to read story to know it was just another clueless republican. Assume Koch just sent message telling her what to do.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Sen. Carolyn McGinn,

Did Gov Sam Brownback and Grover Norquist and the Koch Bro's put you up this nonsense?

Any legislator who believes the economy is bouncing back is drinking too much Jack Daniels Black Label mixed with Tequila while living in a glass house.

Too many of you legislators are insulated from the real world that legislators have delivered to the citizens.

In essence I am saying to you that you might have no idea what you are talking about. A man who covered tax dollar issues at government levels for 20 years discovered that most politicians know little to nothing about tax dollar issues. Sen. Carolyn McGinn you might be among those. BTW that reporter is David Cay Johnston of the New York Times.

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thebigspoon 2 years, 4 months ago

"She also says she hasn't spoken about her proposal with Gov. Sam Brownback, whose tax experts, the Koch family, have not told him what to do as yet."

There, I fixed that for you.

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