Letters to the Editor

Backward plan

February 6, 2012


To the editor:

State unemployment and income tax data refute Gov. Brownback’s claim that Kansas will have more jobs if it lowers taxes on corporations and the rich and raises them on the middle class and working poor. Three states — Nevada, Texas and Wyoming — have neither individual nor corporate income or income-type taxes. Yet, according to the most current figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada has the highest unemployment rate of all states at 12.6 percent compared to the national average of 8.7 percent. Nevada, Texas and Wyoming have an average unemployment rate of 8.73 percent.

Four states — Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire and South Dakota — tax corporate income but not individual income.  Their average unemployment rate is 6.33 percent, a whopping 2.37 percentage points lower than nationally. If these statistics have any meaning on the issue of jobs, they show that states that tax corporations but not individuals offer the best economic environment for jobs.  Gov. Brownback’s tax plan has it exactly backwards.


Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 3 months ago

Brownbacks tax cuts = Class Warfare

To compensate for these reductions in income taxes, the Governor’s plan eliminates itemized deductions (including home mortgage interest and charitable contributions). It eliminates incentives for 529 education savings programs and long-term care insurance premiums. It eliminates the refund for sales tax on food for low-income Kansans. I also understand it eliminates part of the Homestead property tax refund.

The plan also eliminates tax credits for: * Adoption * Alternative fuel tax * Assistive technology contribution * Child and dependent care * Child day care assistance * Community service contribution * Disabled access * Earned income (EITC) * Environmental compliance * Historic preservation * Individual development account * National Guard employer health insurance * Small employer health benefit plan * Temporary assistance to families contribution * and more.

It appears that this plan moves the tax burden from the richest Kansans to the middle class and poorest Kansans. For example, sales tax is the most regressive tax we have. Making the 1% sales tax increase permanent not only reneges on our promise to remove the sales tax increase, it puts a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Removing the refund for sales tax on food and the Earned Income Tax Credit is a double whammy for the poorest working Kansans. In fact, President Ronald Reagan once said the Earned Income Tax Credit was “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”

Eliminating the deduction for home mortgage discourages home purchases for the middle class. Cutting the upper marginal income tax rate benefits the richest Kansans the most. Low-income Kansans can buy a Big Mac with their income tax cut while the folks at the top can buy a yacht with theirs. Not only that, when the income tax is eliminated altogether, there will only be sales and property taxes left to pay the bills.

Getaroom 6 years, 3 months ago

But you see, that doesn't matter, Brownbackward gets his directions on all matters of governance directly from GOD and the Supreme Kochs'! So in essence this must be the best Corporate Heaven On Earth possible - right? I mean who doesn't want to live a near Utopian existence in a Fascists society built from the brilliant ideologies of Corporate America, where the super rich inherit the earth? Anyone would be nuts not to embrace this!!

And after letting the Free Market manage retirement investments, perhaps if one lives long enough to recoup the 50%(or more) losses (compliments of the legalized robber barons of WS) then what a fine life it will be living among and continuing to serve the extremely super wealthy. It will be so much fun, as it is now. What a privilege it is to know we are ALL paying our fair share.
Truly, why would anyone miss this lifetime opportunity to bow down down to the demigods of a run wild bunch of Capitalists anyway? But not to worry one bit about jobs and corporate taxes, there is a brand spanking new Casino over at the NASCAR track and after having made ones self silly watching fast cars circumnavigate the oval track for $250 bucks a pop, head on over to the many-armed-bandits and where the Free Market is giving away opportunities not only to have a great tobacco smoke filled work place environment, but a handy way to pay those sneaky taxes and feel all warm and fuzzy about supporting the Corporations running the Stars and Stripes - forever. Cha-ching. Can you feel the lure of elusive wealth? Who cares, have another 'free market drink" and pay some more taxes. It's good for the economy. Brownbakward and Faux Nuz say it's good - so it must be - Vote GOP! God wants you to and Brownbackward, Mitt, The Newtrich and Sanitorium care deeply for each one of you poor folks hanging on to the ample safety net. Do watch out for the occasional black hole however.

rtwngr 6 years, 3 months ago

Blah, blah, blah. You're giving me a headache. Lots of name calling and nothing of substance to say.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

you've seen the sticker....set your clock back 150 years.....

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

Do not get confused and think this is an 'evidenced-based' administration. Sam knows the revealed truth and will explain it to us in good time. In the meantime, have "faith," by definition an irrational act.

belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof: "I wouldn't put my faith in him to straighten things out." In honor of Gertrude Ruttan I find the derivation interesting: "Latin fides "trust, belief" "

chootspa 6 years, 3 months ago

The real truth is that he's deliberately trying to drive down revenues in order to cut spending on the poor and reneg on promises to retirees.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

+1 BINGO. The R's have been at this for nearly 20 years in Kansas and they may be close to succeeding.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations have been coming fast and furious since the concept of Reaganomics was introduced. It would seem there would be jobs everywhere no matter how many times the Brownback republicans destroyed the economy.

31 years later an estimated 20 million are looking for full time employment at wages that can sustain a family without assistance from Social Services.

During that 31 year period the USA auto industry has sent many many many jobs abroad in spite of the fact they were doing billions upon billions in profit.

Tax break rhetoric is simply bogus aka lies.!!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 3 months ago

Voters take control!!

It is time for taxpaying voters to own our politicians instead of Koch industries and Wal-Mart.

Politicians will only talk about term limits as they do about campaign finance reform. It is up to the people to take the matter in our own hands.

The job growth rhetoric attached to tax breaks/incentives is bogus through and through.

Finance reform can happen by way of citizens voting down the big spenders. It's not hard to tell who the big spenders are. Vote them down and out.

WE do not need congress. WE need to do it all on our own. It is time for taxpaying voters to own our politicians.

Want term limits?

Go to the voting booth without fail and vote in the low spending candidates. Apply this to national,state and local elections. Brownback was the big spender and look what Kansas got ----- a fraud.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Across the nation, participation in the work force is at the lowest point since detailed records have been kept. The current regime seems to think that's a good thing. How's that hopenchange working out for you?

jafs 6 years, 3 months ago

There's an interesting chart regarding jobs in the US online.

It shows that we had increasing job losses under Bush - once Obama was elected, we had decreasing job losses, followed by some job gains.

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