Archive for Monday, February 6, 2012

Statehouse Live: Wichita legislator wants to deduct $75,000 from Brownback’s budget because of Laffer

February 6, 2012


— A House budget subcommittee on Monday voted to subtract $75,000 from Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed office budget after a legislator complained about Brownback hiring a consultant to help write his tax overhaul.

State Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, successfully pushed through the motion to subtract the funds. The recommendation will next go to the full House Appropriations Committee.

Dillmore said he was he was unhappy that Brownback hired Art Laffer, a nationally known supply-side economist, as a consultant on Brownback’s proposed overhaul of the state tax code.

Laffer was hired for $75,000 to advise Brownback administration officials on the proposed tax reform structure.

Based in Nashville, Tenn., Laffer is obligated to make three visits to Kansas. Last month, he made his first visit and spoke to members of the Senate and House tax committees.

Dillmore said Kansas has enough smart people to work on tax policy without hiring an outside consultant.

He said Laffer will probably still get paid for his work, but Brownback’s office budget would be reduced under Dillmore’s proposal.

Brownback has proposed phasing out the state income tax, eliminating numerous deductions and keeping in place the temporary state sales tax of 6.3 cents per dollar, which under current law is scheduled to fall to 5.7 cents per dollar next year.


gccs14r 6 years, 1 month ago

"a nationally known supply-side economist"

You mean a notorious snake oil salesman.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

Bout time somebody does something to reign the king in.

parrothead8 6 years, 1 month ago

First Florida, now Tennessee.

Seems Brownback just can't find any qualified Kansans to hire.

chootspa 6 years, 1 month ago

It would only be fair. He thinks all the other state workers should work for free.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

What a fair minded idea. LIKE. Any way we can get some of the Florida's guys pay back?

Jan Rolls 6 years, 1 month ago

You can't get any dumber than sam. Every week he pulls another dumb stunt. He sure fooled a lot of people to get elected.

appleaday 6 years, 1 month ago

Probably all those people voting illegally.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

I think it was those pesky illegal aliens that are voting in such huge quantities as to throw the election. They voted Sam in---selfish people that they are.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 1 month ago

Not hard to fool the knothheads that evidently make up the majority in Kansas.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

Nile Dillmore I applaud and appreciate your backbone. Keep up the good work!

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month ago

Our state leaders want to believe the fairytale pawned off by economist Arthur Laffer (whom the task force has hired for $75,000), who is telling them with lower income taxes, Kansas will attract enough growth to offset much of the lost revenue.

Laffer may be the only renowned economist in America who believes this bunk. If we cut or abolish our income tax, Kansans will pay for it, one way or the other.

Read more here:

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

Actually, I think whom is correct in this instance.

You would say they hired "him", not "he".

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month ago

Under figures provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue, the group of Kansans with adjusted gross incomes of $25,000 or less currently receive a total tax refund of $1.7 million. Under Brownback’s plan, they would have to pay $86.5 million in taxes, which has been calculated as a 5,102 percent increase. All other income groups would see a tax cut with the largest percentage cut being 18.5 percent for people making $250,000 or more per year.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

But, but, but . . . in Brownback's reply to my email he told me that eventually, when the income tax is down to zero, everybody will be better off.

All is good in the Land of OZ.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

tennsessee, florida,,,,dimwit states.....remember turn back the clock 150 years as the bumper sticker says....

Pastor_Bedtime 6 years, 1 month ago

Ooh, Tuschie denigrated others as "dimwits"; this means everybody drinks!

tomatogrower 6 years, 1 month ago

Bravo. Who is really protecting tax payer money? Not Brownback.

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