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Survey: More Kansans back tax hikes for the rich

November 24, 2011

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— The percentage of Kansans who support tax increases for corporations and high-income earners has been growing since 2009.

That's according to the latest survey from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. It finds tax increases for large corporations were favored by 63 percent of respondents. That's up from 54 percent in 2010 and 52 percent in 2009.

For top-income earners, 58 percent of respondents favored tax increases. That's up from 47 percent in 2010 and 41 percent in 2009.

Most respondents favor keeping current tax policies for the middle class and small businesses.

From June through September, 1,039 Kansas adults over the age of 18 completed the survey by mail and phone. The survey has a 3.04-percent margin of error.

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Machiavelli_mania 2 years, 4 months ago

I support taxes for the rich. I don't care what party is pushing for it. I call for a 10% tax increase on the rich.

Long ago, I called for our state to pick up the taxes on the rich that Bush eliminated. I don't know why the states didn't do it. BushTheStupider bilked a hades of a lot of money from the states during those 8 years, and failed to halt the +obvious+ economic bubbles that were and still are plaguing this country. WE sure needed to pick up some money somewhere.

Tax the hades out of those law-breaking Kochs !!!

But hey, I like people with foresight !!!!!! Too bad it is no longer all that hallowed a quality of the personality. None of our Congressmen or the current governor seems to have foresight. They just have crossed sights.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 4 months ago

Sixty three percent of Kansas residents are in favor of raising taxes on the wealthy. One hundred percent of Kansas residents are in favor of raising taxes on non-Kansas residents.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't consider a flat tax system as moral or immoral.

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voevoda 2 years, 4 months ago

In a democracy, the majority should be able to set tax policies, provided that the rights of the minority are upheld. I don't see how setting higher tax rates for the very wealthy--such as we had under Eisenhower--in any way infringes the rights of the wealthy.
Would raising taxes on the wealthy hurt the economy? Probably not. They aren't creating more jobs with their wealth, anyway. If the goal is to create jobs, why not tie tax breaks directly to job creation? The trickle-down method clearly isn't working.

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

Moment of zen for all you 2-or-fewer-dimensional thinkers, out there...

http://tinyurl.com/7m3agrr

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progressive_thinker 2 years, 4 months ago

It is pretty hard to stomach all of the complaining about how much the wealthy are taxed. The fact is that there are so many special interest loopholes that many of the many wealthy pay little to none in federal and state income taxes. An egregious example is that of hedge fund managers, who, if they pay taxes at all, pay at the 15 percent capital gains rate. Most likely, they leave their earnings as "carried interest" and pay no taxes whatsoever for years at a time. Any need for cash can be covered by borrowing, at ridiculously low rates.

There is no reason to increase tax rates. The solution lies in eliminating special interest loopholes and special treatment.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

"For top-income earners, 58 percent of respondents favored tax increases."

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Liberty_One 2 years, 4 months ago

I did a poll asking if we should take the money of the top 5% and give it to the other 95% of the people. The poll came back with 95% approval.

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headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

That would be more good examples of fixing the tax base erosion. Personally I do not believe raising the tax rate would do a bit of good if the loop holes are not fixed. It wouldn't hurt to give subsidies and corporate rebates a good looking over as well. Giving corporations breaks does nothing to create anything but more money for them to throw away or improve the stockholders bank accounts.

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headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

If Brownback and company really wanted to set an example for for the rest of the US to follow he could start by working on restoring the various eroded bases that Kansas tax revenue come from. Done properly more tax revenue would start coming in without raising the tax rates.

An example would be reducing the amount of tax exempt land and cutting down on the loop holes in the tax code for both personal and corporate taxes. Out of 105 Counties well over half of them have 18 to 45% of their land as tax exempt. Things like this would result in the least amount of shock to the overall economy and wouldn't totally put the burden on the middle class, what ever that class is really suppose to be since no one seems to really be able to define it.

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headdoctor 2 years, 4 months ago

Yup, no one wants to get beyond Democrats VS Republicans and the various spin between the parties. No one wants to touch on anything of real substance without back biting or throwing a temper tantrum about someone getting something they are not. I guess they come by it honestly. Congress is doing the same thing.

The bottom line is we are so screwed because the people who could fix this mess have no incentive or desire to do so. No one wants to go out on a limb and do what is needed.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

Nobody ever seems to have anything original to say on this blog. It's just the same people saying the same things talking passed each other.

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KS 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, dah! What else would one expect them to say? Just remember that it is very hard to get a job from a poor man. The "rich" are already paying a whole bunch of taxes and just remember that if we try to force more on them, they will figure out a place to put their money so it won't be taxed. For every rule that the Government enacts, they is always someone figuring a way around it. Human nature. What we need is MORE taxpayers in this country. Forty plus percent of the American people do not pay ANY! Now how is that right?

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

"Riches" and "taxes"... what an effing half-dimensional issue in the complex, modern world.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 4 months ago

Taxes and fees need to go up for everyone and we'll all need to take less in return. Yes, high income earners need to pay a little more, but so do we all. The "middle class" is where the money is. To claim we can get out of this mess in 15-20 years without everyone chipping in is blowing smoke, and both parties share in the blame.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

Battle cry of the economic insane. Lower taxes for the wealthiest, so they can hire you to polish their cars.

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Neomarxist123 2 years, 4 months ago

The battle cry of the left: "Somebody Else Should Pay My Bills!"

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