Archive for Monday, February 13, 2012

Statehouse Live: House GOP plan to cut taxes would short transportation program

February 13, 2012


— Highway advocates on Monday sounded alarms about the House Republican leadership plan to cut taxes, saying the proposal includes a provision that would take money from future highway projects.

"We're opposed to changing the way that T-Works was funded in the original legislation," said Julie Lorenz, chief executive of Economic Lifelines, a coalition of groups that supports the state's comprehensive transportation program.

T-Works is a 10-year, multi-billion transportation program that was approved by the Legislature in 2010. That year, the Legislature approved a temporary one-cent increase in the state sales tax, bringing the rate to 6.3 cents per dollar. In 2013, that is scheduled to fall back to 5.7 cents per dollar, and four-tenths of each cent will go toward T-Works.

But House GOP leaders have unveiled a plan to reduce state income tax rates. The plan would use sales taxes meant for T-Works to buy down the income tax rates. A table provided by the House speaker's office shows the transportation plan being shorted $351 million over a two-year period.

Lorenz said such a reduction would result in fewer highway projects getting done.

She also said the plan seems to go counter to a bi-partisan plan that was recently announced to accelerate $50 million of highway projects to take advantage of low construction prices and spur job growth.


Enlightenment 6 years, 1 month ago

Sure, de-fund the highway budget and KS roadways will look like those in Missouri.

Enlightenment 6 years, 1 month ago

Sure, de-fund the highway budget and KS roadways will look like those in Missouri.

tolawdjk 6 years, 1 month ago

Simple solution.

Defund the projects in the interior of the state. This will allow people to enter the state on the "good road" edges. Then, wham, hit them with 20 miiles of potholes.

Bingo, Bango, Bongo, their car breaks down forcing them to find a place to live and work in rural Kansas, tax free. Rural counties will see a revenue increase (car repair) and population increase as well. Sammy's rural population increase incentive works out, and we get to fund income tax relief. Family values increases as well as these rich, single, out of staters will marry our eligable local gals.

It's win win win all around. In fact, I think I saw a movie once about this very plan. Think it was a documentary called Doc Hollywood.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

A sales tax was approved by the voters I believe two years ago for potholes.

The T tax was approved by the voters as well.

Both taxes were approved by an impressive number of voters.

The tax plan has republican written all over it = more speculation than substance.

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

Actually, turnout for both of those was pitifully low, as is the norm in Lawrence.

headdoctor 6 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like another plan by the Brownback bunch to screw Kansas out of some Federal Highway funds. Guess they learned nothing from the art fiasco. If the Republicans don't stop monkeying around it is going to cost billions over the next several years to rebuild Kansas after they get through destroying everything they touch.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

Tax relief like this will save everyone $50-500 every year on average. Of course, the Koch brothers will save millions. The problem is, cuts like this come at a price. Our highways are the best in the country. If we de-invest in the few areas in which we have a competitive advantage, we will never dig out of the hole. We've already been de-investing in schools and universities for years. This will hurt the middle class if it gets through the legislature. So much for "fairer".

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