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July 9, 2011

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To the editor:

Numerous letters to the Journal-World in recent weeks have lamented the fact that the governor and Legislature of Kansas have chosen to address a large budget shortfall through spending cuts rather than tax increases. To put this into perspective, it might be useful to consider what other states are doing. The approach taken in Kansas is not unique but is, in fact, the norm.

A study in The Wall Street Journal (July 7, page A6) reports that 46 states entered a new fiscal year on July 1. States faced combined budget deficits of $86 billion. Very few states enacted tax or fee increases in 2011. Among the exceptions are the heavily “blue” states of Connecticut and Illinois. Deep “blue” Maryland and “purple” New York allowed income-tax surcharges on the wealthy to expire. Michigan has cut business taxes in an effort to promote job growth. The good news for many states is that tax revenues are increasing without tax rate increases as the economy slowly improves.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 9 months ago

It's refreshing to see a sane, rational, logically composed letter to the J-W in the midst of so much mendacious, hate-filled, left-wing tripe that's routinely dished out by LTE writers to this newspaper.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Sam Brownback has some training under his belt:

20 years of this plan proves that repubs are NOT the answer:

  1. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

and that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

Still A Bad Idea – 9 years of Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Closing the SRS office, laying off tons of people at the state level and killing art funding = a negative impact on the overall economy.

The handing out of about $10,000,000(million) tax dollars to Mar's one of the wealthiest candy makers in the world did what? Where is the world did free land come from?

Shouldn't corp america learn to stand on its' own?

Why do taxpayers need to bribe corp america? Who's idea was this anyway? How does this impact taxpayers and their respective communities/states?

Here’s what happens. (THIS IS ALL ABOUT DEVELOPMENT)

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/commonthreads/115777.shtml

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