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Brownback says he will push for reducing state personal income tax rate

Kansas governor Sam Brownback disclosed who he considers to be the leading candidate for the Republican party in the 2012 presidential race.

December 13, 2011, 12:20 p.m. Updated December 13, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he will push to reduce the state personal income tax rate and overhaul the school finance system.

Speaking to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World, Brownback said growing the state economy is his primary goal as he prepares for his second legislative session as governor. The 2012 session starts Jan. 9.

The state needed to be ready for a “federal storm” of budget cuts from Washington, said Brownback, a former U.S. Senator. Whoever the next president is, he said, “is going to cut.”

Brownback, a Republican, said he wants to lower the state’s individual income tax rate to make it the second lowest in the region, behind Colorado. Kansas now has the second highest personal income tax rate in relation to neighboring states.

He predicted the lowered tax rates would spur economic growth, which then should be plowed back into more tax cuts. At this point, he said, he would not propose lowering the state corporate income tax.

Brownback also reiterated his desire to revamp the school finance formula, saying the current funding system was under constant legal challenge. General concepts of his plan include allowing more local property tax funding of schools, which has raised concerns about increasing the disparity between rich and poor districts.

But he backed off a key part of his proposal, saying he will not recommend allowing counties to raise sales taxes for schools. He said there had been a lot of opposition to that idea. Details of his school funding method are scheduled to be released today. (Wed)

On other issues, Brownback:

• Said the budget proposal he will send to legislators will recommend resumption of state funding of the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

The city and county picked up the lease costs of the local SRS office after Brownback and SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. proposed closing nine offices, including the one in Lawrence.

That closure proposal prompted a public outcry from local officials who said closing the Lawrence office would have created havoc in the community and disrupted services to thousands of needy people.

Later, Siedlecki agreed to a plan for city of Lawrence and Douglas County taxpayers to pay the rent for the SRS building, and he would pursue legislative approval to fund the office in future years.

Asked if he would have done anything differently during the controversy, Brownback said he probably should have asked for advice from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat. Brownback said Sebelius closed numerous SRS offices without any controversy.

• Called for construction of the controversial, $150 million South Lawrence Trafficway. “This one has got to get done. It is going to get done,” he said.

• Said he planned to revisit his veto of state funding of the Kansas Arts Commission but refused to elaborate. Brownback’s veto of funds made Kansas the only state to not fund the arts and cost Kansas $1.2 million in federal matching dollars.

• Voiced support for a study commission’s recommendation to replace the state’s traditional pension plan for a 401(k)-like plan for new public employees hired after July 1, 2013.

• ­­Continued his support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the Republican nomination for president. “He has a great track record,” Brownback said. He said Republican voters have become more conservative and they are “anxious to scared” about the future of the country.

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motercyclejim 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback should run for ofice in 2012!!! He would win becuse hes a cristian and he dosnt think peeple should pay any taxxes and i agree!!!! Imaggine how muhc more money you would have rite now if you didnt have to pay taxxes it woudl be great!!!!!!

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KS 2 years, 4 months ago

About time! Less taxation is better.

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William Weissbeck 2 years, 4 months ago

We already know that scientific evidence is a foreign concept to the GOP. Now we can add mathematics. Bush's tax cuts did not spur any increase in GDP. People forget that Reagan first lowered, then raised rates, before we had a boom. It wasn't the lower of tax rates, but the jaw boning of interest rates by the Fed. So why does the governor think that the formula has some how changed?

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JackMcKee 2 years, 4 months ago

How is this fair to the elderly that played by the rules, planned and now have investments that are exempt from income taxes so they can afford retirement. Now you're telling them that THEY have to pay more taxes for other people's kids to go to school when they have been paying into the system their entire lives. Why should they live on less so the richest 2000 Kansans can take an extra trip to Paris each Spring? The same goes for the person on SSD. You're going to ask them to pay more taxes so the Kochs can afford another private jet? This plan isn't fair in the least.

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firebird27 2 years, 4 months ago

Without taking a liberal or conservative stance, I believe there are some matters that merit agreement.

1) We need to eliminate any state deficits and to reduce the national deficit. 2) Tax breaks should serve both private and public interests. A tax break for a wealthy person makes sense if that tax break is tied to jobs that the wealthy person creates. Allowing a tax break to someone who strictly invests in stock market portfolios does not directly create a job, and many companies in those portfolios are not based in the USA. 3) We should not allow the real poor to be desolate, whether we help them publicly or privately. 4) We should be very careful as to how we fund this nation's military. We have become the world's policemen while other countries do not pay their way, either in funds or deaths, as does the USA. This is a likely place to reduce spending (but like all federal cuts, reducing spending will reduce jobs). But the public burden to provide health care for future veterans would be significantly reduced. 5) If we make the funding of local schools increasingly a local responsibility, we will have to address the consequences of western Kansas not having sufficient funds to educate children in the area, probably causing a further erosion of population in that region. Should we do this or not?

Government funding is inextricably linked to private outcomes. Deciding on what outcomes we want has much to do with what we decide to tax or not to tax to reach (or not reach) legislated ends.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 4 months ago

Government spending and unemployment.

"This chart (inspired by Brian Wesbury) again bears repeating, since it lends support to claims by the anti-Keynesians (of which I am one) that the biggest factor that has worked to slow economic growth in recent years is the huge increase in federal spending. Instead of "stimulating" the economy, enormous increases—in both nominal and relative terms—in federal spending have ended up "stimulating" the unemployment rate more than anything else.

http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2011/12/chart-of-day-govt-spending-vs.html

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ljwhirled 2 years, 4 months ago

Awesome! The Bush administration proved that cutting taxes spurs job creation and economic growth.

Look at how much our nation's economy grew and prospered from 2000 to 2008.

Can't wait to see that kind of growth and prosperity here in Kansas!

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

Kansas leaders to consider settlement in Phill Kline case TOPEKA | Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders expect to consider a proposed settlement Wednesday of a lawsuit against former Attorney General Phill Kline that was filed by a woman who claimed he fired her from a county prosecutor's office for complaining about sex discrimination.

The governor and the Legislature's eight top leaders were set to meet as the State Finance Council, which must approve settlements of lawsuits against state employees. The claims against Kline arise from his actions as Johnson County district attorney in 2007, but he still was considered a state official.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/13/3318219/kansas-leaders-to-consider-...

you have to love christian republicans , they hate in the name of god!

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

Comparing pensions

A legislator retiring with an annualized pay of $85,820.52, and with 10 years' service, would have an annual KPERS benefit of $15,018.60, for a monthly benefit of $1,251.55, according to KPERS. If the retiring legislator had 20 years' service, the annual benefit would be $30,037.20, and monthly, $2,503.10.

The News asked some KPERS retirees about their pension benefits. Their answers varied widely.

A state employee who was a supervisor for juveniles on probation retired after 34 years with an annual benefit of about $25,000. A municipal wastewater treatment plant superintendent, with 24 years' service, estimated the earned benefit at $2,300 to $2,400 monthly.

A state social services worker in a supervisory role retired in 1995 after 15 years and draws a monthly KPERS benefit of $524. That is equal to the monthly benefit for a county-level commercial appraiser who retired at 65, vested at nine years with KPERS.

'Insult"

http://hutchnews.com/Todaystop/kpers-and-leg-2--2

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

Comparing pensions

A legislator retiring with an annualized pay of $85,820.52, and with 10 years' service, would have an annual KPERS benefit of $15,018.60, for a monthly benefit of $1,251.55, according to KPERS. If the retiring legislator had 20 years' service, the annual benefit would be $30,037.20, and monthly, $2,503.10.

The News asked some KPERS retirees about their pension benefits. Their answers varied widely.

A state employee who was a supervisor for juveniles on probation retired after 34 years with an annual benefit of about $25,000. A municipal wastewater treatment plant superintendent, with 24 years' service, estimated the earned benefit at $2,300 to $2,400 monthly.

A state social services worker in a supervisory role retired in 1995 after 15 years and draws a monthly KPERS benefit of $524. That is equal to the monthly benefit for a county-level commercial appraiser who retired at 65, vested at nine years with KPERS.

'Insult"

http://hutchnews.com/Todaystop/kpers-and-leg-2--2

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

As Tea Party Koch Brothers Earned An Extra $11 Billion In Recent Years, They Laid Off Thousands

However, at a time when the Koch brothers were enjoying spectacular financial gains, Koch Industries laid off well over 2,000 people. Using the same approximate “jobs multiplier” Koch Industries used in its study last week, that means Koch Industries extinguished nearly 8,000 jobs in recent years: http://www.dirtandseeds.com/the-koch-brothers-fund-the-tea-party-make-billions-lay-of-workers/

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bobberboy 2 years, 4 months ago

the concensus is in - brownback sucks ! Anyone got guts enough for a recall ?

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

Why is King Brownback call the Koch bros income tax, personal. Is he filling out the form for them. I bet there is a job for every 50,000 tax break they get. I don't mean a job but the thought of a job.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

I meant tax cuts never spur economic growth...detracted typing isn't as dangerous as distracted driving...

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback claims his goal is to spur economic growth. His stated strategy is tax cuts followed by more tax cuts. Tax cuts NEVER result in tax cuts. Taxes are invested in things the economy needs like public education, law enforcement, highways, etc. His real goal is to cripple state government with something like TABOR which most politicians in Colorado now wish they didn't have. He wants this because the Koch brothers believe taxes prevent them from raping the land for profit...not just the taxes they pay but also the taxes all of us pay. Restructuring state agencies plays into all of this as well.

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Jane 2 years, 4 months ago

I will happily pay more in property tax if my income is taxed less. I thought this town was all about 'local'...huh?

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Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Awesome, Brownback. Shove all the responsibility to the local level and force the local level to raise property taxes.

The end result will be increased foreclosures as people will be taxed out of their homes.

As we all know, foreclosures have stimulated the economy oh so well. They bring the jobs in, you know.

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mrchips 2 years, 4 months ago

Let the revolution begin....liberals have guns too!

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average 2 years, 4 months ago

Last I checked, Kansas had a lower unemployment rate than Colorado. Yep, in fact it does, by more than a full percentage point. Lower crime rates, slightly lower childhood poverty. Better test scores.

Texas? Colorado? Why are we so dead-set on following the lead of states that are doing WORSE than we are? Innate inferiority complex? Or just an absolute fixation on growth for growth's sake as the only valuable measure?

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 4 months ago

Rick perry the guy that doesn't even know how many supreme justices there are? That's right he can surround himself with experts that can tell him the answer. Sorry DUMMIE you aren't going to be a vice presidential nominee.

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Ockhams_Razor 2 years, 4 months ago

Bring back flogging, stockades, and collateralized debt obligations.

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

what a dim existence, it must be me, my money, and my money and me all my vapid heroes, their enmity so needful of daily defense by me indefensible in their vacuous poverty

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Orwell 2 years, 4 months ago

Sure, sure... Because other states couldn't possibly play "Name That Rate" and undercut any Kansas reduction.

Instead, let's try a flat reduction – every Kansan gets a refundable tax cut of X dollars. Stimulate demand, increase sales tax revenue, retain population and keep the money in state.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 4 months ago

How is Brownie going to pay for all the children the poor people have? The only way for these people to survive is off of rich peoples money. This is so sad. Million of poor babies will starve. The 1% at KU will get to keep their raise for wine and cheese though.

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LogicMan 2 years, 4 months ago

Reduce, no! Not unless spending is cut even more.

But do clean up the tax brackets and rates. Propose more brackets to better match the Federal ones, with a low percentage at the bottom and gradually increase it to the top bracket.

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 4 months ago

It's a simple plan being espoused by many Republican Governors. By reducing personal income taxes it will only compound the shortfall. With that in mind he will have the ammunition to further reduce or eliminate social programs.

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PFC 2 years, 4 months ago

Sam wants an income tax rate that is the second lowest in the region, behind Colorado. How's it going in Colorado? Well, a district judge just "ruled that the state severely underfunds public schools and provides inadequate resources to its disabled, poor and minority students" and also said that Colorado's education funding is "irrational and inadequate". So, yeah, let's shoot for what is happening in Colorado.

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget to read the fine print.....ONLY for the top 1% will see income tax reduction.

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Jimo 2 years, 4 months ago

'He said economic growth from the lowered tax rates should be plowed back into more tax cuts."

A) Tax rates have little connection to economic growth.

B) That's "tax cuts" for wealthy people since income taxes are taxes on wealth - a key point.

C) So ... when the economic growth fails to materialize (again) and the state's revenues fall short (again) what's the plan to balance the budget? Why the pie-in-sky, tax fairy optimism? Why doesn't Brownback announce right up front the future spending programs that will have to be eliminated in a few more years?

D) Can Brownback cite a single reputable economist who'll say this scheme will work? (No, Art Laffer ain't a reputable economist! Sorry, Newt, economist, not historian.)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey, Jesus fed a few thousand people with a couple fish and a loaf of bread. Sam's just trying to do the same thing with taxes. Only thing is, if you ain't rich already, Sam won't be dishing anything up on your plate.

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Centerville 2 years, 4 months ago

If taxpayer money is still used for radio and TV, we can easily afford a huge tax cut.

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lawrenceguy40 2 years, 4 months ago

Excellent news from our outstanding Governor.

The only fair tax is a per capita flat tax, say $500 per person. Everyone pays, no exceptions. Parents are responsible for paying their kids' taxes until they are 18. This will pay for all services that can not be converted to pay per use.

This is a good first step.

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texburgh 2 years, 4 months ago

"He said economic growth from the lowered tax rates should be plowed back into more tax cuts."

In other words, cut income taxes to reduce revenue available for education and the social service safety net. Then...IF it results in more jobs and more taxes being paid, cut those taxes more so that we will permanently institutionalize the cuts that education and the social service safety net have already absorbed.

He should go out on the statehouse steps and make a speech: "No money today, no money tomorrow, no money forever!"

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Fossick 2 years, 4 months ago

The next President (most likely Obama) is not going to cut anything. If the Federal government can't get rid of public television in a world of 500 channels, they are not going to cut anything that matters or in amounts that matter.

At least not while borrow/print is still an option.

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gccs14r 2 years, 4 months ago

The state already can't pay its bills. Reducing revenue won't fix that. If you want businesses to locate here, you need education, healthcare, and culture.

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

This is terrible news. Reducing personal income tax rates is an excellent vehicle for the growth of certain bank accounts and does zero to create jobs. It would only serve to reduce essential state services to the most needy of citizens. It may help out in Neodesha when the upper incomers start buying their new Cobalts with their tax savings. Job creation? Didn't work out so well with the Bush era cuts. Why would anybody expect it to work now?

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 4 months ago

This is welcome news. Reducing personal income tax rates is an excellent vehicle for business growth, job creation, and the overall improvement of the economy of Kansas.

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