Archive for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Statehouse Live: Kansans For No Income Tax revs up membership drive

January 10, 2012


— So how much is it worth to recruit members to support Gov. Sam Brownback's effort to cut the state's personal income tax?

Apparently, $4 per person.

Last month, Kansans For No Income Tax sought "short term field directors to build up membership over the holidays," according to an email that has been forwarded to the Lawrence Journal-World.

"This is a temporary position that pays $4 for every member signed up," the email from Craig Allen Harms says. "We are looking to bring on one to two temporary team members through Dec. 31st. Let me know if anyone comes to mind that might need some quick cash and has some time," the email states.

Kansans For No Income Tax is run by Kansas Republican Party operatives.

Brownback, a Republican, will announce his tax plan on Wednesday during his State of the State speech. Brownback has said he wants to cut the state income tax, saying that will spur economic growth.

But Democrats and some Republicans contend the proposal will shift the tax burden to low- and middle-income families or result in a cut in services or both.


JackMcKee 6 years, 4 months ago

I guess this is because on their first go around nobody showed up at their rallies except the 10 people they bused around. Funny thing is they inspired real rallies of much larger groups to form that are in opposition to this unequitable and foolish idea.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 4 months ago

I have a suggestion for a slogan they can use--

Give us a tripling of the tax on baby food, or give us death!!!!

Don Whiteley 6 years, 4 months ago

Great!! On one side, you have the liberals who want to spend our great-great grandchildren's money on every conceivable social program under the sun. Now on the other hand, you have another group of imbeciles who don't want to fund the State's current costs, sending us even further into debt. Is there any party or any group out there who has reasonable, supportable ideas that can be supported by the middle class?

jayhawkinsf 6 years, 4 months ago

Certainly not Democrats or Republicans.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 4 months ago

If they think having no state income tax is a good thing, they need to move to state that doesn't have one for awhile. We're talking property taxes equal to one third of your house payment and sales taxes as high as 12%. This does not do good things for the local economy. Oh and did I mention that infrastructure, schools and other government services are almost worthless? (Another thing that doesn't exactly appeal to having businesses move in.)

optimist 6 years, 4 months ago

Or you could move to a state like New York, California and New Jersey where state income taxes are as much or more than twice as high as here in Kansas along all income levels, state and local combined sales tax can run 9-11% in my experience and combined property and school taxes can equal more than 6% of your homes value compared to Lawrence where we only pay property taxes on our homes at a rate of approximately 1.25% of the homes values.

The consequence is that each of these three States’ economies has suffered greatest. The recession has hit them hardest, real unemployment is at its highest, businesses are leaving and the exodus of people to other states has resulted in loss of congressional representation. And if you haven’t traveled these states lately the blight, road conditions and other infrastructure issues are probably worse than any of the states that have no income taxes. Not to mention each of these states represents the worst examples of fiscal fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.

I'm not really sure what you are talking about as I am sure you don't either.

Liberty275 6 years, 4 months ago

"If they think having no state income tax is a good thing, they need to move to state that doesn't have one"

Really? I spent 25 years in Florida and came to kansas to attend KU. I was shocked when I found out I had to pay state income tax. Also, the lack of income tax is the reason we will move back to Florida when obama gets around to fixing the housing depression and we can sell and make some money.

I've been there. No state income is a good thing.

JackMcKee 6 years, 4 months ago

It sounds like you're moving back to Florida regardless of what Kansas' decides to tax. Meanwhile, there are a lot of retirees in Kansas that saved in income tax exempt investments, played by the rules and worked hard. Now Brownback's idea is to raise their taxes so all that planning and hard work for for nothing. That's unfair to the point of being unethical. Next consider the impact that this massive tax increase that is directed at the poor and middle class. This is class warfare at its worst and there is absolutely no way that the people of Kansas should accept this idea without a vigorous fight.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

This group and Gov Sam Brownback represent tax increases across the state for we all know that losing 50% of the state budget means increased taxes somewhere.

Taxes can be described in many ways however the truth remains = fees,rates etc etc etc are taxes no matter what.

Most tax cuts do not come for free....

Think about this.

situveux1 6 years, 4 months ago

Operatives? Really? Yea, really keeping it on the qt there. Non news again. At least tell us how we can sign up.

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