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Letter: Lower taxes?

December 13, 2012

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To the editor:

Let’s see now: Brownback and his boys in the Legislature eliminated taxes for small business and on income tax at all levels, so that means less tax revenue for education.

The governor and his administration don’t want or can’t compete for federal grant dollars under the new “Run to the Top” federal grant program that replaces No Child Left Behind to help support education in this state, so no tax dollars there for education.

That means if we want to support our educational system in Kansas, your property taxes will need to increase proportionally to meet our educational needs. Therefore, Brownback and the Legislature have in fact raised your taxes in the long run.

Isn’t that interesting?

Comments

tange 1 year, 4 months ago

Aren't we weary of the clever dupers?

/ who never seem clever enough to transcend their dupidity

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whosrunningthisplace 1 year, 4 months ago

Okay, show of hands, how many voted for the Kochian Party and ALEC puppets for the Kansas Governor and Legislators! One, two, three, oh, I see, not so proud now? Suddenly more intelligent about what your vote meant. Let me ask one more question, thank you. If for example 80 acres of income producing property is taxed at $450 property tax per year, and a $125,000 home and lot is taxed at $1678 per year, is that fair? Is that what you are willing to sacrifice so the Ks. Corporations and Corp. Farming, gets a basically free ride? Ever notice the traffic jams, and how many vehicles burning gas and puking out emissions it now takes to get children to their schools. Kansas, you are definitely the "what's the matter!" when it comes to how you vote and who you put into a position of power. Hands thrown into the air, head shaking, but realizing stupid is what stupid does, especially in Kansas!

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msezdsit 1 year, 4 months ago

"Therefore, Brownback and the Legislature have in fact raised your taxes in the long run."

No, not necessarily, He just plans to eliminate education as well. The less educated they are the easier they are to herd. Just look at the people who herded him into office.

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appleaday 1 year, 4 months ago

"Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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verity 1 year, 4 months ago

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13299-is-education-a-human-right-or-a-privilege-for-the-wealthy

The assumption seems to be that Brownback actually thinks this will work. Has it occurred to you that, liar that he is, that is not his agenda at all? I don't think he is as stupid as he looks---not quite at least.

The article linked above is very interesting and makes a lot of sense.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 4 months ago

The actuality is that Brownback cut taxes for big businesses, not small ones. To make up the budget shortfall he will, in all likelihood, restore sales taxes that recently expired and may even increase them, which will shift the burden to the poor and middle classes.
I think this article has a very good handle on what's going on and a good breakdown on how BB has successfully shifted the tax burden to those people least able to afford it with a 0% change in real outcome.
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/kansas-offers-unintended-lesson-to-governors-considering-tax-cuts/

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Liberty275 1 year, 4 months ago

Brownback cut my bosses taxes? Good, I can keep my job and my house even if I have to pay more property taxes to send YOUR children to school.

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh now Patrick don't be so down and out about taxes. Obama has a whole new line-up of taxes waiting in the wings for all, that more than make up for that mean old white male, Brownback's taxes follies......

http://nation.foxnews.com/obama-taxes/2012/09/27/comprehensive-list-obama-tax-increases

Read em' and cheer!

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George Lippencott 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting logic. You write as if the property tax increase would be automatic. Perhaps here in Lawrence it will be. In other parts of Kansas I would not be so sure.

I must also point out that we here in Lawrence can only raise it so much before we will have to share with the rest of the state. Could Mr.. Brownback want exactly that- Lawrence takes on the role of revenue source for the rest of the state.

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usesomesense 1 year, 4 months ago

Unfortunately the Brownback plan has a sound simple premise, but the execution is mathematically impossible. I've talked to several CPA's and they can't make the math work.

The reality is that if we want to promote growth of new businesses and/or steal businesses over from other states (which is what the pitch was for the deal) then the tax cuts should only apply to businesses moving into the state and/or new businesses (with careful scrutiny of existing businesses moving assets to a 'new' business to cheat and get the tax break).

This cut is a direct benefit for me but I believe is a direct net loss to me as well.

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Larrytown 1 year, 4 months ago

We really need taxes as low as possible. That way....our roads can deteriorate, our education can deteriorate, our protection (police, fire, etc...) can deteriorate. That's the Kansas I want and envision for the 21st century. You know...a 3rd country....errr state.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 4 months ago

"Brownback and the Legislature have in fact raised your taxes in the long run."

I agree 100%. Fire them and get some people in that will lower taxes from all sources.

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Jackie Jackasserson 1 year, 4 months ago

Isn't that grant program called Race to the Top?

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 4 months ago

Gonna go through the roof locally or the cuts will be even more massive.

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