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Statehouse Live: Major debate forming over Brownback’s desire to cut taxes

January 9, 2012


Douglas County legislators today offered a preview of what may be one of most contentious debates in the 2012 legislative session — a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback to decrease the state personal income tax.

State Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, the leading Democrat in the Senate on tax issues, said elimination of the personal income tax, which provides nearly one-half of state budget revenue, will result in increases in local sales and property taxes, shifting the tax burden from the wealthiest Kansans to the middle class.

But state Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, said states that have reduced their state income tax have seen economic growth. She said Boeing Co. left Kansas for two states that do not have a state income tax.

State Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, however noted that Boeing company executives have said the existence of a state income tax in Kansas was not the reason the company announced it was closing its Wichita defense plant.

Brownback, a Republican, has said he wants to reduce the state personal income tax, but has not provided details. His office has said he will unveil the tax plan during his State of the State speech on Wednesday.

Both the House and Senate will gavel in the 2012 session at 2 p.m. today.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce this morning hosted a question and answer session with Douglas County legislators.Those legislators attending were state senators Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, and Holland, and representatives Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and Gregory and Mah.


ResQd 6 years, 5 months ago

That's just great. My home value in Lawrence is worthless and now more property taxes on top of it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

Bottomline-- increase the taxes on those at the bottom so that the Koch Bros, et al, can pay even fewer taxes. Pure class warfare from Brownback.

thebigspoon 6 years, 5 months ago

Thsi is not class warfare. This is the aftermath of the war the Democrats have lost resulting in the Republican take-over after the last election. Kansas is in the "reconstruction" phase of the post-war and reaping the "rewards" given by the Republican winners. That war is over. The next war is just beginning, and will also be lost if the thinking portion of Kansas voters does not get on the ball and get rid of these reactionary Republican power brokers. We all can see, if we just look at the facts, that the current regime is interested not at all in the welfare of the State of Kansas but in the welfare and continued growth of the upper income, campaign-contributing, top earners of the state. I don't care if you have traditionally been a Republican, Democrat, or "indie": it's time to speak through the polls, the newspaper, the internet, and with each and every person you meet to let others know you won't stand for this kind of idiocy. We, as a state, can not stand more of this kind of "corporate welfare" idiology, and have to stand up for ourselves. Bitch, moan and complain all you want, and do it often, but VOTE. Talk with your representatives, talk with your neighbors, talk with anyone who will llisted, and make them listen. This is vital to the continued and enhanced quality of life in Kansas that we all know can be a part of our legacy to future generations, and it's our responsibility to keep that legacy from being stolen by those demagogues who are interested soley in their own skins.

verity 6 years, 5 months ago

I'll up you, Asixbury. I give it +100.

hyperinflate 6 years, 5 months ago

Lest this item continue it slide down the memory hole:

By Scott Rothschild January 12, 2011, 12:23 p.m. Updated January 12, 2011, 4:10 p.m.

The three-page letter addressed to the “Freshmen Conservative Class” outlines a long list of proposals.

“We acknowledge that we were elected to act as change-agents and carry out the will of our constituents,” the letter states. “Therefore, we must stay true to these objectives while serving in the body as a whole. While we work as change-agents, we have no desire to act as mavericks causing splits and dissention (sic) in the House.” The letter requests signatures of those committed to the cause. State Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, who is chair of the group of new House Republicans, which calls itself the 150 Caucus, said the document was brought to the caucus as an idea from “one individual” whom she did not identify. She said signatures were not collected because the document is essentially the Kansas Republican Party platform. The document says:

-- Kansas should change its judicial selection process to require legislative confirmation of judges or adopting election of judges statewide.

-- Oppose using public revenues for abortion and funding organizations that advocate abortion rights.

-- All state documents should be made only in English.

-- E-Verify should be required by employers to check on the citizenship status of workers.

-- Repeal the law granting in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants.

-- Passage of Arizona-type immigration law.

-- Adoption of law aimed at blocking federal health reform in Kansas.

-- Repeal law setting up state-owned casinos.

-- The state budget should not increase more than the rate of inflation or population growth.

-- Allow school vouchers.

-- Require government-issued photo ID to vote.

-- Federal constitutional amendment that states marriage can only be between one man and one woman.

-- Prohibit government from seizing property for economic development.

-- Opposition of legislation imposing limits on carbon dioxide emissions. “Carbon dioxide, one of the most common gases on the earth, should not be declared a pollutant nor used as an excuse to deny the construction of new power plants in Kansas,” the document states.

-- Prohibit taxpayer funding of lobbyists and lawsuits against Kansas for additional state funding.

lucky_guy 6 years, 5 months ago

Thebigspoon started to state something that has not been mentioned nearly enough. That the transfer of wealth is a class war that the Democrats and the 99% lost. But it wasn't for Wall Street but to create a permanent political class. The money taken out of the economy goes for corporate profits and that goes to buy politicians.
This money then keeps the cronies in Washington and so we have things like 2billion for oil subsidies when Big oil is making record profits. The transfer wasn't just to the 1% but to the political class. Why else is there 95% reelection of incumbents. Tons of money, redistricting to keep them in office.
Just look at Mitt, he has 250 million bucks, but no discernible core values except screw everybody and I will take what I want. He will probably be the nominee of the repubs because he is the best corporate shill. Frankly he can't tell where his corporate self starts and where he ends, oh wait there is no difference, sorry, my bad.

hyperinflate 6 years, 5 months ago

"the transfer of wealth is a class war that the Democrats and the 99% lost"

I'll argue that it is a war that the Republican Party of my father lost as well.

JackMcKee 6 years, 5 months ago

Brownback to retirees, "even though you played by the rules and invested your hard earned money in income tax exempt investments I want you to pay more taxes. You have not done enough. So I'm going to increase your sales and property taxes. The same goes for you poor people. And screw you middle class. The Kochs want to buy a new mega yacht in the Mediterranean."

verity 6 years, 5 months ago

"even though you played by the rules and invested your hard earned money in income tax exempt investments I want you to pay more taxes."

Exactly what I have been saying. This is not going to attract retirees. They will stay away in droves---and the ones who are stuck here may well end up losing their homes. Not a pretty thing to look forward to.

headdoctor 6 years, 5 months ago

It seems autie that you don't fully understand how Charismatic Christians operate and a lot of the far right Christian groups are charismatics. They have a direct phone line to the late JC and personal audiences with the main man from the head shed. They check in frequently to see who they are suppose to screw over next and they are perfectly good with that because God told them so. At times they will even feed on their own in peaceful bliss then get all uppity when the Church notices because it is drawing to much attention and asks them to stop screwing over the flock. Which many times is a poor pious widow or wealthy geriatric couples who don't know any better. Adultery and abortion isn't out of the question either as long as they can keep it quiet with in the Church. They define in their mind that adultery is counseling a lost soul and abortion is handled through the back door of the clinic or by relocating with some illness so when they return they can claim the miraculous healing by God.

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