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Brownback pushes for tax cuts during panel discussion in New York

April 11, 2012, 9:58 a.m. Updated April 11, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

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— Gov. Sam Brownback says a scared public is ready to embrace change, such as his proposed overhaul of the Kansas tax code.

Participating on a tax discussion panel Tuesday in New York, Brownback said people want “bold solutions.” He said, “The public is scared now. They are scared for the future of their country.”

The nine-member panel hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Center consisted of conservative economists and Fox television’s John Stossel.

Stossel said that maybe Kansans were scared but New York’s Upper West Side wasn’t.

But James Glassman, founding executive director of the Center’s Bush Institute, and facilitator of the discussion, borrowed Brownback’s words in his closing remarks, saying that perhaps the time was ripe for bold policy solutions.

The title of the discussion was “Tax policies for 4 percent growth: Blitz solutions.” It was streamed live on the Internet.

Brownback, the only elected official on the panel, used the platform to push for his tax-cutting proposals before the Kansas Legislature.

Brownback, a Republican, has proposed phasing out the state income tax and removing taxes on income for nearly 200,000 businesses, including sole proprietor, partner or Subchapter-S corporations. His plan would keep in place the 6.3 percent state sales tax, which under current law is set to decrease to 5.7 percent in 2013, and remove numerous deductions and tax credits.

Democrats and some Republicans have opposed the proposal, saying it would take revenue away from education, social services and public safety. They have proposed a lower-cost plan aimed at reducing property taxes.

The House and Senate have both approved measures that reduce tax rates and eliminate the income tax for some businesses. Negotiators are expected to work on a compromise later this month when the Legislature reconvenes.

“I’m hopeful we can get it through,” Brownback said.

Brownback said his overhaul was needed to make Kansas more competitive.

“I’m tired of getting beat by Texas,” he said.

During the discussion, Brownback also said cutting state spending was also critical, and he defended his veto last year of state funding for the arts.

While in New York, Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George also met with several Fortune 500 businesses interested in doing business in Kansas, the governor’s office said.

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pickles1 2 years ago

The job of being governor is not an easy position. He needs all the advice he can get when it comes to spending taxes. Hopefully his discussion in New York has opened up some new options on where tax money should be cut. Governor Brownback knows that the status quo isn't working. The part of the article that I enjoy the most is the rumor about fortune 500 companies. If this is true then it would help increase job growth. This convention isn't going to substantially fix anything but, every little bit helps.

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camper 2 years ago

What does the Govenor mean by "getting beat by Texas"? The Chiefs and Royals are both in Missouri. Is he aware of this?

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pace 2 years ago

Shame on Brownback. selling the dead horse, Cutting taxes to billionaires doesn't make jobs, it makes fat portfolios. He is selling Kansas, selling out education, infrastructure, arts, health, He should resign. Governor Brownback should resign.

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oletimer 2 years ago

damn right we are scared. Scared of brownback being around another term. Other than helping his "buds" in anti-abortion, he has not done squat. won't either. just helping those who helped him. how many days till he's gone?

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Steve Bunch 2 years ago

The photo for this article was miscaptioned. It should read: "Gov. Sam Brownback comments on seeing then-Sen. O'Bama for the first time in the Senate sauna."

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jayhawklawrence 2 years ago

Looks like Brownback is auditioning for the VP job.

Maybe there is hope we can get rid of him.

A worse thought would be Mike O'Neil for Governor. I guess things could be even worse than they are now.

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Louise Ehmke 2 years ago

Might have been more important for the Governor to have been in Kansas meeting with Sec. Vilsack, Sen. Roberts and Rep. Jenkins making sure he knows what to do to NOT LOSE NBAF which is a lot more important to this kansan than his trips to other states. If Kansas loses NBAF we know exactly who to thank ----Gov. Sam Brownback.

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johnwoods 2 years ago

Hmmm.. not quite sure why you consider age is a factor in bad politics and why you felt the need to make ageism statements.

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Corb12 2 years ago

Although that I would disagree with Brownback, he is at least trying to do something about our budget. I may not be a fan of him, but I will defend him in the fact that he is doing his job. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE ELECTIONS!!! If you don't like what he's doing, (here is a thought for change) don't vote for him! Many different corporations have been dropping ALEC additionally.

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salinalawrence 2 years ago

who wears a green tie with a blue shirt. Hey, Sammy, KMart called, they need their men's fashion back.

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Sparko 2 years ago

What panel would seek his advice? Good God. Tax cuts and diminished government services are literally the only "policy these fossils ever discuss. Within their gated retirement communities, all is peachy--but outside in the cold there are students to educate, roads to build, people to feed and clothe. We can't keep starving government and expect right wingers to lift a finger to help the larger world. That is not in their DNA. Professed Christians and practicing hedonists.

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BiPolarWookie_w_PhD 2 years ago

Now is not the time for old man agendas. They have failed everyone and failed in a miserable fashion. Their ideas never rise above the x-axis and stay a negative number. They will continue to fail because you CANNOT make it positive without an input of positive numbers that will never exist because in order to do this means to borrow more money from the Chinese, this is impossible. These old men have already mortgaged every child in this country for the next 3 generations.

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bunnyhawk 2 years ago

Let's make no mistakes here. Tax cuts are new-speak in Brownback's mouth. Sure, he wants to grease his donor's palms, but the real agenda is remove 100% of the social safety net that has kept this nation prosperous and politically stable for the last 50 years. The true agenda of this very, very radical "Christian" (reflects their use of the term, not my understanding of the faith) movement is to create a surf class in this country---so desperate to survive that we will soon be satisfied with working conditions and wages similar to those in China and other 'profitable' manufacturing countries. These policies consittute a direct attack on the working people of Kansas. It is time to stand up and hold Brownback and his cronies accountable.

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BABBOY 2 years ago

All ya people bashing Brownback,

Please go vote this time.........

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BiPolarWookie_w_PhD 2 years ago

(In the town I used to live in) dateline Colorado: They embraced change. Upon the legalization of marijuana and medical marijuana. The city council got together and ran an ad in the paper asking the public to form a 3 member cannabis commitee to sit on the City Council. In order to increase revenue, the new commitee and city council voted to refurbish two downtown vacant buildings and install a pot growing cooperative composed of 6 plants per medical card. This was a huge success as it was located directly across from the poilce station. Revenue increased to a point where the vacant building was renovated again and a Farmers Market complete with mural paintings was then installed for an entire downtown area. The extra revenue was also given to the School Board as well as extra equipment for the police and the excess plants were then processed to make hemp oil which was bought and sold by other local businesses. The stipulation in the resolution was that only local growers would be allowed in at an 80% rate and the dispensaries could only import 20%. The venture was such a success that exports began within Colorado and local farmers even started to talk about plowing under the sunflowers to plant hemp and talks began to then export with the help of a local reservation, that could be used as an International port because of its soverign status.It has not progressed that far yet, but the framework exists. There's your bold solution Brownback. Every person in China and India needs paper, ropes and textiles made from hemp or cotton. Since cotton likes warmer weather, hemp would be an alternative. The oil can also be used as a green biofuel and promote energy independence from the Perry Republic. Kansas wins and Texas will lose. Sounds better than the leading exporter of pink slime.

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kernal 2 years ago

Sam, I'm not scared; I'm disgusted.

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bobberboy 2 years ago

Browncrack is an idiot - when this guy was elected only around 50% of the voters showed - and not all of them voted for him - so he does'nt have a mandate and should be unelected. Recall anyone !!!??? Sure are alot of dumb people in Kansas.

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Patricia Davis 2 years ago

We should be scared of Brownback and truly stupid if we re-elect him. I'm using the collective we since I never voted him EVER! The only rational thing to come out of his mouth was saying immigration was a federal responsibility and shove that up your Kobach.

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Tracy Rogers 2 years ago

Maybe it's just me, but if I owned a business and they cut my taxes that just means I've got more money to go into my pocket. It's not a reason to go out and hire more people if the people you've already got are getting the job done. I'd give the employees I've got a little more in salary, and pocket the rest.

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verity 2 years ago

Additionally, it is Brownback and his ilk that scare me. If he really thinks he has a shot at the presidency after his slash and burn in Kansas, he has got to be totally delusional. I'm thinking it's the reward from the Kochs that he is striving for. He will be set for life when his sojourn in Kansas is over.

If I were him, I certainly wouldn't be touting the veto of funding for the arts. That really didn't turn out well for anybody. Saved the state a whole three-quarters of a million dollars, while costing it---how much?

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verity 2 years ago

Seems to me that the mantra that cutting taxes on businesses will cause them to hire more people has been shown to be false for the most part. Looking at 2000-2008, one might even deduce that it has the opposite effect---but then I could be linking a cause and effect that isn't there.

I do know that if my property taxes are cut (and property taxes are a big part of my budget) I will have more cash that I will be able to spend at local stores. I suspect a lot of people will also be doing that. Seems to me that is what our economy needs.

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Tracy Rogers 2 years ago

I guess Brownie didn't read that story a few weeks ago that said according to U-haul, Kansas is one of the top states that people are moving INTO, not away from.

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Mark Pickerel 2 years ago

I'm scared and ready to embrace a change....of governor.

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btsflk 2 years ago

Yes, we Kansans are scared, of Brownback.

Apparently we aren't alone. See, Corporations drop memberships in ALEC which has strong ties to Kansas Legislature, also in today's LJW. Some of the corporations listed are Coke, Pepsi, Intuit, Kraft, McDonalds, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Robin Hood in Reverse: Kansas Bill Raises Taxes On The Poor While Cutting Them For The Rich

In what one state Democrat has called “Robin Hood in reverse,” Kansas’ tax committee this week approved a bill that would cut taxes on the wealthiest Kansans to the tune of $1,500, while raising taxes on those residents making less that $25,000 per year. About half a million of the state’s poorest residents will see their taxes hiked under the plan:

A Kansas House tax committee passed a bill in which anyone making less than $25,000 a year — roughly half a million of the state’s 2.9 million residents — will pay an average of $72 more in taxes, while those making more than $250,000 — about 21,000 people — will see a $1,500 cut, according to Kansas Department of Revenue estimates cited by the Kansas City Star.

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/817777/robin_hood_in_reverse:_kansas_bill_raises_taxes_on_the_poor_while_cutting_them_for_the_rich/ The hike would come from the elimination of tax credits typically benefitting the poor.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Study says lower state income taxes will lead to higher property, sales taxes

As Gov. Sam Brownback prods fellow Republicans to cut the state income tax, a study released Thursday says reducing that levy will probably lead to higher property and sales taxes and undermine funding for schools, roads and public safety.

“If Kansas gets rid of the income tax, the state will likely find itself both raising other taxes on middle- and low-income families and making massive cuts to vital services that will badly damage the state’s economy,” said Erica Williams, policy analyst and co-author of the report done by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

http://www.ksdp.org/content/study-says-lower-state-income-taxes-will-lead-higher-property-sales-taxes-0

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years ago

Kansas would need 423,175 new jobs to offset tax cuts, researchers say

It would take 423,175 new jobs in Kansas in 18 months to generate enough sales and income tax revenue to cover the $829 million projected cost of a major tax reform bill approved by the Senate, according to numbers released by legislative researchers.

Those jobs would have to average $34,000 a year.

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boxturtle 2 years ago

Cmon Kansas we can beat Texas in the race to destroy our children's futures! www.nytimes.com/.../for-texas-schools...>

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years ago

The first thing out of Il Marrone's mouth was that his ideal tax plan is a flat tax, only businesses pay no taxes at all.

Genius!

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Gareth 2 years ago

He's campaigning.

Sam Brownshirt watched very carefully at how well Santorum did in the primaries.

It's proof that a hardcore know-nothing religious fanatic can actually have a shot at the nomination. Brownie figures that he doesn't have Rick's baggage -- and he's right. Get ready for a 2016 run, looking to put another Opus Dei cultist in the White House.

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Gandalf 2 years ago

30% of Kansas IS as dumb as you think

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years ago

All the world is a stage for this idiot...

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tomatogrower 2 years ago

Wasn't there an article recently that stated that people in Kansas weren't migrating to Texas. If fact, more people were escaping from Texas to move to Kansas.

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James Nelson 2 years ago

And Kansas taxpayers are asked once again to pay for Brownback globetrotting so he can keep his ugly mugshot before the American people. He still thinks he has a shot at President. Hope springs eternal, I guess. He just can't understand that the American people are sick and tired of seeing his ugly puss in the papers. Whats more, Kansans are sick of him trotting around saying they are behind his stupid ideas. Can we recall in Kansas?

I'll bet his office contacted some businesses in advance so they could say that was the main purpose of the trip. Anything to get his name in the papers again.

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Jan Rolls 2 years ago

He doesn't know the difference between kansas and texas. Man that's terrible.

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tomatogrower 2 years ago

So Texas is beating Kansas? They have a higher unemployment rate. They have a lousy school system. Sure, they have more oil than we do, but we can't do much about that. Who wants to be like Texas? Well, they do have beaches, but also hurricanes. And don't forget half of Texas burned. Hmm, wonder what Pat Robertson would say about that? Evil Texas.

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2 years ago

From the article, "Brownback said his overhaul was needed to make Kansas more competitive. "I'm tired of getting beat by Texas," he said."

Not too long ago he said he wanted to make Kansas more like Texas. Wished he'd make up his mind, but that's asking too much of The Guv.

@Hooligan and MIC. Both correct. However, don't talk too much about plate techtonics and such. That implies the Earth is much older than The Guv would have us believe (6000 years +-?).

@rockchalk. Please learn to say something germane to the article/discussion without taking the opportunity to tell everyone, again, just how much you hate President Obama. do you also live in a bunker in southern Leavenworth county?

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rockchalk1977 2 years ago

"The public is scared now. They are scared for the future of their country."

I agree. Let's fire the divider-in-chief Obama in November and get our once great country back on track to prosperity.

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autie 2 years ago

Not many fortune 500 companies want to come to a place were education of children take a back seat to corporate profits and culture was banned. The infrastructure is going to hell and the measure of compassion for fellow man is diminshed..in favor of corporate profit. Nope...you don't lure new business by promoting your ingnorance.

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Gandalf 2 years ago

There goes Evilsam's mouth again. As if it's not bad enough that the rest of the world thinks Kansans are stupid. He has to try to convince everyone we are cowards to boot!

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Richard Payton 2 years ago

What fortune 500 businesses are interested in coming to Kansas? Once they identify the companies by name we might begin to believe.

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Paul R Getto 2 years ago

Good point, Holigan: Texas has a much different economy and a different tax load. They also have beaches, which we will have again in 275,000,000 or so years. When Kansas was near the center of the super continent Pangea, we had a nice ocean too. Sam is just ahead of his time. When we get our ocean back, people will want to move to Kansas. The rotting vegetation will make new oil too (eventually.) If Sam gets his way watch property taxes skyrocket and/or services get slashed.

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Hooligan_016 2 years ago

"Brownback said his overhaul was needed to make Kansas more competitive. "I'm tired of getting beat by Texas," he said."

While Texas' taxes may be a bit lower, that's not the sole reason why people are moving there ... moreover, their economic model is completely unsustainable. Big short term gains at the expense of long-term economic stability.

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JackMcKee 2 years ago

Brownback's popularity in Kansas is heading for the sub 20s. I don't think anyone is listening to you, Sammy.

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