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October 11, 2011

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To the editor:

With tax revenues up, the governor has a task force working in private to figure out ways to distribute this surplus via tax cuts. Such a wise course of action to keep this quiet; avoid the troubles and hassles associated with being open book or drawing from others with views that differ from your own ideological, economic and educational world view.

I mean, really, formulating solutions using input from diverse voices and with a better chance of statewide buy-in is so overrated, as is, apparently, a strong Kansas public education system. Sure, state spending per pupil has plummeted to pre-2000 levels, schools are closing and consolidating, class sizes are increasing, schools are in need of capital improvements, our state and national student performance levels are stagnant, etc., but there really are far better ways to use this revenue than reinstating previous education cuts.

With Wall Street and corporate America already sitting on $2 trillion in cash, I’m sure that distributing this extra hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses and individuals throughout our state will result in a flood of spending and job creation. So let the governor and your state representatives know how well you appreciate their wonderfully farsighted actions.

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ksrush 2 years, 6 months ago

A Leonard Pitts in the making. Marcel this is a very good knock off of Lennys style, lots of hype - little subsatnce

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mloburgio 2 years, 6 months ago

Leaving Kansas? Sam Brownback thinks income taxes are the reason why Still, don’t go waving your fancy university studies around the Brownback administration.

“Be careful when these theoretical guys, who haven’t been in the real world, start splitting hairs based on statistical databases,” cautions Steve Anderson, the governor’s budget director.

Anderson is a certified public accountant from Edmond, Oklahoma. Before he joined the administration, he worked as a consultant for Americans for Prosperity, a group bankrolled by the super-rich and ultraconservative Koch brothers. In 2009, he worked on a “model budget” for Kansas that, among other things, recommended higher tuition at public universities. “There is no reason to tax the majority in the state who do not have children attending a state institution in order to subsidize those who do, especially when there is evidence it is the more affluent citizens who are more likely to have children enrolled in higher education,” the document said.

To Anderson, the evidence is clear. Florida, Texas and other states that don’t tax income are growing. Therefore, tax cuts lead to growth. “What I have seen is that income taxes change behavior,” he tells The Pitch. “It’s just as clear as the nose on your face.”

Anderson likes things that are plain as noses. Because he doesn’t fully trust those college professors with their tweed jackets and standard deviations. http://www.pitch.com/plog/archives/2011/09/28/2637622-leaving-kansas-sam-brownback-thinks-income-taxes-are-the-reason-why#more

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

It would certainly be terrible for Kansas to allow a surplus to build up in the state treasury. Because, as we all know, the future is always going to be better and better.

My grandmother, who grew up in the Great Depression, told me something a few times that is an absolutely ridiculous idea:

"Always save a nickel for a rainy day."

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grimpeur 2 years, 6 months ago

"Sure, state spending per pupil has plummeted to pre-2000 levels, schools are closing and consolidating, class sizes are increasing, schools are in need of capital improvements, our state and national student performance levels are stagnant, etc., "

Dude, why the tale of woe? Haven't you seen the new stadiums? Everything's fine at the schools. No problems.

Seriously: do you really think anyone would have their priorities so messed up that they'd build a stadium while allowing needed capital improvments to languish? That would be crazy.

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