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Archive for Thursday, January 12, 2012

Statehouse Live: Brownback unveils budget; recommends state funding of local SRS office, $200k in arts funding

January 12, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, and it includes some items of note to Lawrence.

Brownback has recommended $815,182 to fund five local state welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence.

Last year, Brownback had targeted the offices for closure, but in Lawrence and four other towns, local governments approved using local funds to keep the offices open.

Since then, many legislators have complained it isn't fair to force local taxpayers to pay for the overhead of those offices, while other offices are funded by the state.

Brownback's budget also includes no salary increase for state employees.

It includes $3 million for Kansas University for a program aimed at hiring "professors of the highest status internationally."

Brownback also proposes merging the Kansas Arts Commission with the Kansas Film Commission, placing that under the Kansas Department of Commerce and providing $200,000. Last year, Brownback vetoed funding to the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to stop funding the arts. He came under criticism from many quarters for the move.

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sunny 2 years, 3 months ago

You liberals will never be satisfied! You cried and cried when the 'arts' money was taken away, now Browny is getting rid of tax deductions on home mortgages to pay for your stupid art, you still complain!

Those of us who work instead of calling ourselves 'artist' as a reason NOTto work are not happy about the deduction reduction!

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Enlightenment 2 years, 3 months ago

If Sam wants to revise the State's tax system, he should simply eliminate all deductions and set up a "true" flat rate tax in which all individuals pay the same percentage of their income toward taxes. The flat rate will be much more equitable to both poor and rich, and the supposed penalty of a higher tax bracket for the wealthy will be eliminated. Just remember, the key is to eliminate deductions.

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plainspeaking 2 years, 3 months ago

Really enjoying the conservative comments - it's great to read posts that are unencumbered by the thought process.

If the governor proposes $200,000 for the "arts" - and $110,000 of that pays for the Film Commission staff - isn't he really offering only $90,000?

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Free enterprise and capitalism has produced more jobs and economic upward mobility than any other system in the history of mankind. We need to open the door for freedom and allow business to expand in the context of the judio-Christina moral code that will control excesses by creating a virtuous citizenry.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 3 months ago

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Liberals should focus on what will truly help the poor--good jobs--which will be created in the private sector. Allow free enterprise to operate without all of the excessive government and you will see the poor beginning to be employed and lifted out of poverty. Socialism and big-government tend to create more poverty by eliminating opportunity.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 3 months ago

If people had not become active and complained about the SRS closures, nothing would have changed.

It shows the importance of citizen involvement as the only way to keep politicians from being stupid.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 3 months ago

Poor people do. And the amount they pay is a much higher percentage of their income than the wealthy. Sales Tax, Property Tax and tons of Government "fees" that are actually taxes are just to name a few.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe if you spent as much time trying to do something to better yourself, instead of complaining you would get a raise.

It is not the taxpayers fault you chose or continue to choose the wrong path in life.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 3 months ago

How many years has it been since state employees had a raise? Wasn't graves the governor? How much has inflation eroded state employee wages during this time? What affect has that erosion had on the states economy?

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 3 months ago

Johnnyreb, everyone pays taxes. Even the unemployed. Sales taxes on food. Excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Fox news over reports the false claim that poor people don't pay taxes. Try reading a book instead of burning them.

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DrQuack 2 years, 3 months ago

Worst governor in the history of the state. Why don't we just exempt businesses and rich people from paying any taxes. That would allow them to "invest" in our well being to the extent they see fit. Then we can get "trickled down" on.

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