Archive for Friday, December 23, 2011

State Senate leader names members of tax panel

December 23, 2011


— State Senate President Steve Morris has named a former Kansas legislator and six other people to a group that will study proposals for reducing taxes.

Morris created the panel anticipating a debate next year over cutting taxes.

The Hugoton Republican's appointments include Overland Park resident Barbara Allen, a former chairwoman of the Senate tax committee.

Other appointees are Kansas University accounting professor Allen Ford; Hawker Beechcraft taxation director Lisa Haffner; Newton City Commissioner Willis Heck; Salina Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Dennis Lauver; Garden City manufacturing company owner Cecil O'Brate; and Satanta certified public accountant Ronald Shortridge.

The group also includes five state senators and plans to start meeting Jan. 13, two days after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is to release a tax plan.


JackMcKee 6 years, 6 months ago

Allen Ford is a very solid choice for the committee. Which makes me think there is no way Brownback chose these people. Is there a single Floridian on it?

1983Hawk 6 years, 6 months ago

Brownback in fact did not appoint this group. Appointed by the Senate President this group is the ANSWER to the Governor's group in that it is balanced geographically, philosophically, and politically (even contains a Democrat); and will hold its policy making meetings in public, unlike the administration's secret cabal. Also, it's members are serving without pay, and there's no largesse of a budget with 75k to throw at Art Laffer to make a few "consulting" phone calls, all the while the state is supposedly too broke to keep SRS offices open.

George Brenner 6 years, 6 months ago

Let's hope the group will adhere to the logic that if it's not broke, don't fix it, rather than try to out-Brownback our "leader" and come up with some more questionable plans to disrupt society as we know it. Perhaps there are changes to the tax system that might improve funding for public and higher education, but it seems that our current leadership is striving for the less admirable goals of keeping more money in the hands of those who least need it, while making public and higher education the state's poor step-children.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.