Letters to the Editor

Tax priorities

December 5, 2011


To the editor:

Instead of the governor lowering or eliminating income and corporate taxes, why not first eliminate sales taxes on food or reduce the sales tax back to where it was before the extra 1 percent was added “temporarily” to reduce the state debt?

Can any of my Republican friends show me a time when trickle-down economics created jobs? Right now, the effective tax rate on the rich and large corporations is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. Why don’t we have jobs coming out of our ears?

I’m sorry to say the policies of Sam Brownback seem to me heartless and look like favoritism for the rich and powerful. I wish our state government could be looking out for the welfare of all the citizens of Kansas.


bradlywright 6 years, 4 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

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nativeson 6 years, 4 months ago

I am all for smaller government. However, the current economic conditions dictate something other than the proposals put forth by the Governor.

It is simply silly to be discussing lower income or corporate taxes when school funding is declining and KPERS is underfunded by billions of dollars. If you are going to review the tax code, start with the ridiculous inequality related to sales and use tax exemptions.

Let's start with some consistency, and then the state can discuss a measured review of our tax system.

mloburgio 6 years, 4 months ago

she must have forgot the $200 million they took from k-dot!

State sen. pushes for early end to 1-cent tax hike

WICHITA — A state senator from Sedgwick County is proposing Kansas lawmakers roll back a 1-cent sales tax hike a year before the three-year measure expires. Republican Sen. Carolyn McGinn said the sales tax increase in 2010 has done what it was supposed to do — prevent bigger cuts to essential services and the business infrastructure. With the economy rebounding sooner than predicted, the Senate Ways and Means Committee chairwoman wants the 1-cent hike to expire at the end of 2012, instead of the scheduled 2013. New estimates last week showed Kansas will collect almost $200 million more than was budgeted for the current fiscal year. McGinn said a provision of the 2010 sales tax law that dedicates a portion of the tax to highway projects should remain in place. http://cjonline.com/news/2011-12-05/state-sen-pushes-early-end-1-cent-tax-hike

justthefactsmaam 6 years, 4 months ago

Uh, wasn't it a Democrat Governor that first advocated, then signed into law a sales tax increase two years ago?

rtwngr 6 years, 4 months ago

You should spend some time looking up "supply side" economics. You still have your head in the Keynesian economic model that has failed repeatedly. Here's a quote for you from the most popular Democrat of my lifetime.

"A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues."

– John F. Kennedy, Sept. 18, 1963, radio and television address to the nation on tax-reduction bill

Getaroom 6 years, 4 months ago

rywngr: quote all you like. The real truth lies in the widening gap between those who have and those who do not. Do you still believe that those who "have" are the ones who have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and all by themselves? Must be, because the statics and history do not support your premise. Better keep cooking the books to make them look like you want them to look.

paavopetie 6 years, 4 months ago

Richard Nixon was farther left than Obama.

Brock Masters 6 years, 4 months ago

It just occurred to me that this is Nixon's fault. If he hadn't visited China they would have continued to live in isolation and we would have kept our jobs. Damn that tricky Dick!

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