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Brownback administration seeks input on proposed tax changes

December 12, 2011

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is seeking input on its proposal to reform the state’s tax code.

Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan Thursday will host public meetings in Ottawa, Emporia and Independence to get people’s opinions on taxes.

“I’m looking forward to hearing people’s comments from the southeast part of our state,” Jordan said.

The meetings will be held at the Ottawa Country Club from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; the Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Memorial Hall, Veteran’s Room in Independence from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Brownback said he wants to reduce the state income tax as a way to improve the Kansas economic climate.

Brownback’s office reports the governor will probably unveil his proposed tax plan during his State of the State address to the Legislature on Jan. 11.

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Orwell 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, now we can be sure his closed-doors task force has finished its work - he's gotten around to pretending to get input from members of the actual public.

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kernal 2 years, 4 months ago

Yep, "smoke and mirrors" by the Gizzard of OZ. I hope everyone who is for this concept understands that the cities and burgs of this state will likely have to institute income tax to continue some services that were paid for by the state. That's how it works in the states where there is no state income tax. We'll still be paying those taxes, but to a different entity. That will likely break some rural communities who are already struggling to survive. If those communities don't survive, there will also be an impact on the family farms. And the trickle down will keep on flowing.

Be very careful what you wish for.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

"Brownback said he wants to reduce the state income tax as a way to improve the Kansas economic climate." I will be moving to a state that has no state income tax at the end of the year. But guess what? State property taxes on our new home (assessed at 80k) will be 240$ per MONTH! This is equal to half of the house payment, itself. (We are assuming somneone else's loan.) I almost fell off of my chair when I found that out. I think I would rather pay income tax. Bottom line, if they don't get it one way, they will get it another.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

The middleclass better grab their wallets one more time cuz Governor Brownback wants you to support those wealthy industry subsidies to the max. Corp America the most reliable source of fraud against government are best friends with the like of Gov Sam Brownback.

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motercyclejim 2 years, 4 months ago

Thats why Im voting for Ron paul becuase he wont make us pay tax!!! every one should vote for Ron Paul!!

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Pernoctate 2 years, 4 months ago

The Kochs must really hate us.

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Pernoctate 2 years, 4 months ago

Snowball and Napoleon are having a ball up in the farmhouse. Sound like people here have figured it out. They are dismantling the state. New austerity measures required.

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littlexav 2 years, 4 months ago

Do we even know what the proposed changes are? I browsed LJWorld but I couldn't find any articles more recent than October (when all we knew was that there was a "secret" tax commission).

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Ockhams_Razor 2 years, 4 months ago

all together now...... #heblowsalot

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solsken66 2 years, 4 months ago

Only those hired my Brownback have enjoyed exceedingly large pay increases at taxpayers expense. Then many of these individuals did not even live in Kansas. They probably never thought of Kansas as the first place to live until being offered a sweetened deal by Brownback. He seems to not place much importance on education. Eliminating some forms of taxes will not help the state's fiscal stability. I personally believe Brownback has lived of taxpayers for so long that he has no inkling of what the real world is like. Must be nice to be a career politician. Term limits need to implemented just like the president can only be in office for two terms.

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

I reckon they already gots all the answers and comments they want. This will be another exercise in smoke and mirrors so they can make a press release that says, "this is what you told us you wanted". Brownslack has already said he wanted to eliminate and/or phase out income tax. WTF? over. It is about half of the State General Fund. Then what? Cut half of all state services? They think that jobs, jobs, jobs will fix everything? I believe those carpetbaggers may be clinically insane.

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texburgh 2 years, 4 months ago

Now that it's finished you get the chance to provide "input" and Brownback gets the opportunity to ignore it while pretending to care. If it doesn't benefit the Kochs, it won't be part of any plan. See how his buddies in DC are willing to let the middle class payroll tax increase if it means protecting the billionaires' already lower effective tax rate? See how they are willing to trade your social security, medicare, unemployment benefits to protect tax cuts for the rich? What makes anyone think pols like Brownback give a poo what you think?

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 4 months ago

Actually, the meeting times are aimed at teabaggers on benefits who have no jobs & pay the least taxes. What of the secret tax-policy committee? Isn't our tax code their call? Did the Twitter snafu cause "Shamu" Brownback to realise he was outnumbered & facing a recall and/or litigation by keeping secrets from his taxpayers? Or did god "tell" him he was wrong?

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kochmoney 2 years, 4 months ago

Nice of them to hold the meetings when most of the taxpayers are at work.

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pavlovs_dog 2 years, 4 months ago

If Brownie's providing the Vaseline, there will be sand in it.

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Beth Bird 2 years, 4 months ago

What day? They have a time but no date? I will take off work to go ask questions.....

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah that's right you lousy creep stay away from the big areas where all the population is.

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veggiegirl 2 years, 4 months ago

Are some kind of reservations required?

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kernal 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, hey now! Y'all know they're just goin' down there to do some chopper feral pig huntin'.

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Antonym 2 years, 4 months ago

Will there be vaseline available at the input meetings? Seems only fitting.

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