Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

Brownback denies Kansas tax plan is being formed behind closed doors

October 21, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday denied his proposed plan to cut taxes was being formed in secret.

Brownback, a Republican, will officially unveil his tax proposal next month, and a group formed by recent Kansas Republican Party leaders who worked to get Brownback elected has started a campaign to advocate for elimination of the state income tax.

Brownback and his top lieutenants have said they want to reduce the income tax, but they have also kept a tight grip on information about a task force that meets in secret and is putting together Brownback’s final plan.

On Friday, Brownback said discussions on tax policy have been open.

“This is not being developed clandestinely,” he said.

Brownback said he has traveled across the state to meet with numerous groups in public settings to get input on the state’s tax laws.

The task force putting together the tax plan is working with Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. The task force’s meetings have been private, and the Brownback administration has declined to reveal the identity of some of its members.

The Journal-World has filed a request under the state Open Records law for information about the task force. The specific request is for access to or copies of minutes, agendas and policy papers of the task force. The Revenue Department has said it may take until Nov. 30 to respond to the newspaper’s request.

By then, Brownback’s plan will have been made public, according to statements his office made Friday.

Sherienne Jones-Sontag said Brownback is hoping to have the proposal ready shortly after state officials meet Nov. 4 to put together a revenue estimate for the next fiscal year.

Meanwhile, a group called Kansans for No Income Tax has formed to promote elimination of the state income tax.

The group’s president is Ashley McMillan, former executive director of the Kansas Republican Party.

McMillan said she hoped Brownback’s plan would eliminate the state income tax. The group is planning a bus tour of the state in early November, she said.

She said eliminating income taxes would increase the wealth of Kansans.

Democrats have criticized proposals to reduce or eliminate state personal or corporate income taxes because they make up about half of the state’s tax collections. Democratic leaders say that reducing those levies will cripple areas such as education, social services and public safety, and will result in increases in local property taxes.


vuduchyld 6 years ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy

The members are a secret. The meeting notes are a secret. But it's not being done in secret? Ummm...OK.

vuduchyld 6 years ago

Oh I forgot the video of Welcome to Brownbackistan! Enjoy!

LHS56 6 years ago

More Brownie logic. How can he say this is not being done in secret? Where is our Attorney General? This is in violation of the Open Meeting Law.

ljwhirled 6 years ago

Kobach? He is down under Sam's desk, polishing the under side with the back of his head.

LHS56 6 years ago

More Brownie logic. How can he say this is not being done in secret? Where is our Attorney General? This is in violation of the Open Meeting Law.

rbwaa 6 years ago

"On Friday, Brownback said discussions on tax policy have been open." "The task force’s meetings have been private, and the Brownback administration has declined to reveal the identity of some of its members."

Brownback should be a stand up comedian --- I got a really good laugh out of this.

ljwhirled 6 years ago

Won't be funny when 25% of the teachers in the state get laid off.

Watch. He'll cut taxes, then claim a budget crisis, then cut services and education.

Then he'll do it all again.

Kansas voters are such backwards Fox News watching rubes that they'll re-elect him.

rbwaa 6 years ago

anyway, it's not really a secret - he just wants to surprise us with it!

FlawontheKaw 6 years ago

Hey Rocky watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...

chootspa 6 years ago

Yup. But it does give him the chance to pay his buddy Laffer 75k to draw on a napkin.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Yes, but Brownback will someday be able to sell that napkin for $50K on ebay.

ljwhirled 6 years ago

That or, you know, telling people what he is doing.

I am sure he'd rather govern in secret.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Brownback is a RINO = full of deception for example the tax people are not meeting behind closed doors although YOU can't come in.

Anytime RINO's cut taxes off from communities that means that local taxes will need to raised then RINO's can say RINO's did not raise taxes the local government did.

What is missing from LJW publications is where are the tax dollars going? How will Brownback support his corporate socialism agenda? Where will the money come from? The Reaganomics Wreckanomics way... aka borrow and spend, borrow and spend, borrow and spend = large state deficit.

He will reduce public school funding while at the same time authorize local school districts to increase taxes. Maybe even allow sales taxes to go toward public school funding.

The larger question is what is Brownback doing with the tax dollars that are and will no longer be coming home? Perhaps Lawrence,Kansas should stop sending tax dollars to Topeka since having these tax dollars returned is a shot in the dark?

Evan Ridenour 6 years ago

The meetings are secret, the members are secret, the people being brought in to give advise to the members are secret, the amount being spent is secret, the goals are secret.

Yes Brownback, you are acting completely transparent. rolls eyes

Welcome to Brownbackistan.

Blessed4x 6 years ago

Kind of how Obama conducted himself the first two years of his term after he told us he would have a transparent administration? Hypocritical much?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

"Brownback denies Kansas tax plan is being formed behind closed doors"

But all information that might confirm this assertion has been declared classified.

FlawontheKaw 6 years ago

I bet he has a secret decoder ring too

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

I guess this means we're all invited to the next not-at-all-a-secret meeting.

lunacydetector 6 years ago

if they do away with state income taxes, the people who feel the guilt can give their income back....just like rich warren buffett's berkshire hathaway corporation owes the federal government over $1 billion dollars in taxes and has fought paying it for over a decade....but, warren says the rich should pay their fair share.....dementia must be contagious for liberals.

if state income taxes go away, i'll gladly keep mine, and admit i'm happy doing so.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

Perhaps you should start a local chapter of GBaPoI (Greedy Bastards, and Proud of It!!!)

ljwhirled 6 years ago

Good luck with that retirement. Who do you think is going to pay into your social security when you are old? The same kids whose education is being short changed by these tax cuts.

If you have invested your money. Who do you think is going to be running those companies? Same kids.

Failing to pay our taxes and invest in education is simply stupid. Regressive tax policy is stupid, short sited and actually reduces incomes at the top.

It does, however, increase them relative to those at the bottom.

This whole thing is going to make Kansas look even more backward than the whole Its-legal-to-beat-your-wife-in-Topeka thing.

verity 6 years ago

If state income taxes go away, you can be sure they will be made up for in local taxes (raised sales and property taxes)---which will not only hurt the working classes, but will be disastrous for retired people who have worked and saved and carefully planned (like putting money in Roth IRAs) to minimize their income taxes in their retirement years. People who have worked hard all their lives and paid their dues all these years and now that rat bastard is trying to pull the rug out from under them.

I've got news for Gov Brownback---this will not be a place where either tourists or retirees will flock to. They will stay away in droves.

tomatogrower 6 years ago

My daughter paid around $2000 in state taxes last year. Yet, tuition at many private schools costs around $5000. So how will that increase her wealth. Right now my grandchildren attend a very good public school. Thanks a lot, jerks.

Blessed4x 6 years ago

Once again, in English this time.

pace 6 years ago

It was a good headline. Told the story.

Mike1949 6 years ago

Brownbeck knows the next election, he's out the door with a literal landing on the butt thing! The problem is, will Kansas survive?

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

"This whole thing is going to make Kansas look even more backward "

Wisconsin,Michigan and Ohio are also in this mess. Kansas did what Ohio did....... elected a RINO person who was formerly a RINO USA congress person. It's an agenda being funded by Koch,Wal-Mart and a few other wealthy sources such as Club for Growth. Club for Growth is the brainchild of a former Brownback chief of staff.

Then again the Chamber of Commerce has somehow become a PAC for RINO thinkers at the state level as well as did the Nat'l Rifle Association. Reagan/Bush people opened some big doors for the RINO party which eventually purged republicans from the republican party.

RINO's posing as republicans = a threat to our nation and states. RINO's believe in a one party system.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Coming from the Wisconsin RINO elected thinkers which came to me from an elected official:

"With Gov. Scott Walker's so-called "Back to Work Special Session" now in full swing, it's become apparent that we have been misled yet again.

After weeks of hearing the GOP say they were going to focus on bi-partisan job creation bills this fall, I was optimistic that the Republican majority was sincere in finding common ground to get the economy moving again. In an effort to reach across the aisle and learn more about the Governor Walker's plans, I even attended a listening session hosted by the Governor in La Crosse.

Unfortunately, this latest phony bi-partisan effort appears to be nothing more than a smokescreen for more legislation aimed at plundering our natural resources, decimating our public health system, further weakening critical civil protections, and handing over hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the Republican's special interest cronies.

I'm proud to say that I stood with my Senate Democratic colleagues to fight against these disastrous proposals. Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and I introduced legislation to roll back the drastic cuts to vital Medical Assistance programs proposed by Governor Walker's Secretary of Health Services.

If Governor Walker and the Republicans in the legislature can find millions of taxpayer dollars to give away to corporate interests, I believe we can find the money to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens have access to health care and the tools necessary to gain family supporting jobs."

Then again Gov Scott Walker is facing a recall in the near future....

William Weissbeck 5 years, 12 months ago

Taxes is the price you pay for a civilized (educated) society. You can argue about the amount, who pays and what it goes to, but taxes are a fact in the real world, as opposed to the GOP's flat earth land of unicorns. For almost a century, governments have pursued a balanced approach of income, corporate income, sales, property and wealth (estate) taxes. It was a social/political decision to broaden the tax base, and have people participate at all levels. First the GOP attacks the estate, now called the death tax, as being immoral. Now they pursue elimination of the income tax and especially corporate income taxes. They care nothing for government or what it should do for the better of all. You want a paved road? Get your shovel and get a box of tar from Home Depot.

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