Archive for Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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.


— 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.


JackMcKee 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Hooligan_016 6 years, 1 month 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.

kochmoney 6 years, 1 month ago

If we want to be more like Texas, maybe we could lose all our Medicaid funding, too! Yipee!

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 1 month ago

And we could be, like Texas, tied with Mississippi for having the highest percent of our citizens working for minimum wage! I think I'll pass.

Brownback needs to compare us with Iowa, Nebraska...with states with similar resources and population. With states with similar problems.

This reminds me of a time back during the Big 8 years, when Nebraska was the team to beat. Kansas and Missouri, of course, had had a long-running rivalry but, for a couple of years, Missouri had a really good football team themselves.

Suddenly Missouri fans were saying "Kansas isn't our rival. Nebraska is our rival." Of course, the very next year, Missouri football went back to being mediocre and that talk disappeared quickly. Brownback's plaint reminds me of those deluded Missouri fans.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month 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.

tolawdjk 6 years, 1 month ago

Of course property taxes will shyrocket! Beach front property is worth more than dry land corn outside Jetmore.

Alceste 6 years, 1 month ago

Shame on you, Made_in_China. Lawrence has Wescoe Beach at the great University of Kansas.

Kansas is a WORLD CLASS tourist destination. Get with the program, please.

coloradoan 6 years, 1 month ago

You're so right - where else can you see the world's largest ball of twine? Whheeee!

Richard Payton 6 years, 1 month ago

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

akuna 6 years, 1 month ago

I think what Brownback meant is that Republicans are scared about the future of our country. As long as a Democrat is in office, Republicans will be scared about the future of our country. Performance means nothing to Republicans, only ideology. If performance meant anything to them, Republicans would have be scared much more after about 6 months of the Cheney/Bush Presidency than they are with the Obama Presidency.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

I thought you were the divider in chief...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

"Because Obama is leading us into a European socialist economic model,"

Why don't you just leave it at hating him, rather than demonstrating your complete ignorance of who he is and what is actual policies are?

Greg Cooper 6 years, 1 month ago

And your reply means------------NOTHING.

Can you answer his question?

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 1 month ago

" Obama is leading us into a European socialist economic model"


Here's a hint, chuckles -- "European socialist economic model" actually works -- it's the EU that's failing, because they're getting screwed over by the same opportunist rampant-capitalist multinational banks that we got done by.

Get the banks tightly involved with your national economy, let them run amok with speculation, and EVERY economic model fails, you ignorant bumpkin.

Mike1949 6 years, 1 month ago

rock, that is the beauty of this country, you are allowed to hate Obama's ideas. Be glad, in many countries, that can get you killed or imprisoned. I personally don't totally agree with everything Obama wants, but some of his ideas sound better than what any of the Republicans have to offer. I just hate to see our schools go to pot because big business has bought off Brownback. Yes, we Kansans are scared, and Brownback is one of the main reasons!

tomatogrower 6 years, 1 month 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.

tolawdjk 6 years, 1 month ago

We can do something about the Texas oil.

We drink thier milkshake!

webmocker 6 years, 1 month ago

tolawdjk (anonymous) replies… "We can do something about the Texas oil. We drink thier milkshake!"

Unfortunately that would take a very long straw. And Oklahomans might be too happy about it passing under their feet.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 1 month ago

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

James Nelson 6 years, 1 month 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.

tomatogrower 6 years, 1 month 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.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Gareth Skarka 6 years, 1 month 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.

kochmoney 6 years, 1 month ago

I wish he'd run in 2012. He would have spent less time in Kansas. Maybe he'll get the veep nod. Then we can be rid of mister 29% approval rating for a while.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month 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.


boxturtle 6 years, 1 month ago

Cmon Kansas we can beat Texas in the race to destroy our children's futures!

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month 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.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month 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.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

+1, but that's what Muscular Sam wants. He can say "I lowered taxes." Then when the locals adjust with local tax increases or slashes in services, he can also say: "See, I believe in local control." The Red States live off the feds for good reasons. The 100 counties in Kansas which don't generate much revenue need the state's help to maintain programs and services.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month 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. The hike would come from the elimination of tax credits typically benefitting the poor.

btsflk 6 years, 1 month 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.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

And the reason these companies are dropping ALEC may have something to do with the fact that people are protesting, writing letters, signing petitions, etc. The market at work? We, the people, still have some power.

Mark Pickerel 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Tracy Rogers 6 years, 1 month 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.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

That sounds too much like "evidence." Brownback is ideological. The business placement services and most others not on the right wing payroll say Kansas has a pretty attractive business climate. Not that it matters in this discussion.

verity 6 years, 1 month 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.

verity 6 years, 1 month 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?

Tracy Rogers 6 years, 1 month 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.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 1 month ago

And many owners wouldn't give raises...they'd just pocket it all.

kochmoney 6 years, 1 month ago

That's what the Kochs did with their extra tax break money. Oh, and they also spent a lot of it on political groups and politicians that supported giving them even more tax breaks.

Patricia Davis 6 years, 1 month 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.

kernal 6 years, 1 month ago

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

BiPolarWookie_w_PhD 6 years, 1 month 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.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

+1. 800,000+ skipped the last electoral Super Bowl. Will they show up in August when it will really count?

bunnyhawk 6 years, 1 month 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.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

Bunnyhawk, you have hit the nail exactly on the head. The plan is to eliminate the middle class---saw that a few months into the GWB administration. The rest is all window dressing to obscure the real goal. Keep the underlings fighting among themselves until we destroy each other. Stir the pot---abortion, fear of socialism, fear of the future, fear of everything and everybody not exactly like us.

What these fools don't understand is that a thriving middle class is necessary for the continuation of a thriving economy.

It's all about power. It's always all about power. And it may work for awhile, but this sort of thing always comes back to bite them in the end. There were some nasty revolutions in Europe and Asia as I recall. I sincerely hope it doesn't come to that here. We need to continue to fight back legally while we can.

BiPolarWookie_w_PhD 6 years, 1 month 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.

Sparko 6 years, 1 month 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.

salinalawrence 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Corb12 6 years, 1 month 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.

johnwoods 6 years, 1 month 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.

Louise Ehmke 6 years, 1 month 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.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 1 month 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.

Steve Bunch 6 years, 1 month 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."

pace 6 years, 1 month 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.

camper 6 years, 1 month ago

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

pickles1 6 years, 1 month 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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