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Kan. revenue secretary hears tax concerns

November 4, 2011

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— State Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan has completed a two-day tour of western Kansas to gather ideas from rural citizens about potential changes in the tax code.

Jordan, a former Republican state senator from Shawnee, is leading a group of advisers preparing a proposal for modifying the Kansas tax code. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to announce the proposal in the coming weeks, with an eye toward lowering income taxes.

The tour Tuesday and Wednesday included stops in Great Bend, Garden City, Colby, Hays and Salina. Jordan says residents expressed a desire for a strong Kansas economy and more jobs.

Legislators will consider Brownback's proposal during the 2012 session.

Comments

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Why do I think the 'findings' will concur with the Brownback agenda whether that's actually what is conveyed at these meetings or not?

seriouscat 3 years, 7 months ago

But the real decisions makers will be kept top secret!

When the Journal-World pressed a Department of Revenue spokeswoman about the makeup of the task force, she refused to give any names or details. She identified a couple of department staff members who “are being consulted” about tax policy. She also said that legislative leaders have been consulted, but only Republican leaders, no Democrats. Others who have been consulted, she said, include “various state agency heads, economists and business owners. … This is not an appointed group.”

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/oct/12/something-hide/?opinion

Jan Rolls 3 years, 7 months ago

I guess the people in the eastern part of the state don't have ideas or thoughts - oh that's right a lot of eastern folks didn't vote for brownie.

Getaroom 3 years, 7 months ago

We can be confident that Rev Gov Backward will make it all sound super duper and then make it work out best for his Corporate sponsors, that is how addiction to power works. His agenda: tear down infrastructure, give more to the rich and selectively assist the rest of us on the road to getting poorer. It is as blatant as can be, he does not even try to hide it. You can count on him to do it in his best interests, the Bible told him so.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 7 months ago

So, what did Nick Jordan hear? No reporters there?

tortise 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree - why use up the space if you aren't going to provide some of "what" to a story? Every one of the western counties have an economic development office with a director and I can bet they attended and would have loved a chance to comment about what they heard and what their concerns are. Put a little effort into it. Seems like this belongs on the Society Page - who went where, etc.

William Weissbeck 3 years, 7 months ago

hear_me: Exactly. The LJW can't pick up a phone and find out from the the news outlets out west, did anyone attend the meetings and what was said? Not to be critical, but there isn't a whole lot of income out west. There just aren't that many people and the wages at the Co-op and Dairy Queen aren't that great. If there is anyone out there who has the income to care, it's got to be someone special who wants some special treatment. Otherwise, it's just people who don't realize that they don't pay all that much in taxes anyway, but are being convinced that whatever they do pay is going to those people in the eastern part of the state.

JayhawkFan1985 3 years, 7 months ago

I remember in school learning that during China's "Great Leap Forward" they decided to kill birds because the birds ate cereal grain. Killing the birds led to an explosion in the insect population which ate far more grain than the birds would have eaten. My point is that Brownback's major overhaul of the tax code will likely have similar results for Kansas as China saw.

We don't need Brownback's Great Leap Backward. We do need schools to be adequately publicly funded. We do need highways and transit systems to be adequately publicly funded. We do need low income families, particularly children, to be offered public assistance. We do need emergency services to be adequately funded. We do need environmental resources to be protected.

We don't need FALSE CHOICES presented by Brownback's Cultural Revolution. We can have economic development with environmental protection. We can have public education with kids learning at home and at church to believe in God.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

But the thing we really need to know is not mentioned.

Was he promised hot chocolate?

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