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Statehouse Live: Democratic chair Wagnon blasts Brownback’s tax plan

January 17, 2012

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— Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon, who also served as the state's chief tax official for eight years, said on Tuesday that the proposed tax overhaul by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, would hurt working families and benefit the wealthy.

"The governor has said he's not picking winners and losers, but he is. He's choosing banks and wealthy corporations over people," Wagnon said. "This isn't even remotely fair, and it drains funding from education," she said.

Brownback has proposed decreasing state income tax rates, eliminating the state income tax for thousands of businesses, doing away with numerous tax credits and deductions, and keeping the state sales tax at 6.3 cents per dollar, when under current law it is supposed to drop to 5.7 cents per dollar in 2013.

Brownback has said his proposal will lure businesses to Kansas and spur economic development. He said his intent is to eventually phase out the state income tax.

"I firmly believe these reforms will set the stage for strong economic growth in Kansas – and will put more money into the pockets of Kansas families and businesses. Growth that will allow us to further reduce tax rates and increase our competitiveness. Growth that will see people move to Kansas instead of leaving our state," Brownback said in his State of the State speech last week.

But Democrats have hammered the plan, saying it will hurt low-income and middle-income Kansans.

Under Brownback's plan, individual Kansans will lose $180 million in tax credits, while banks and wealthy corporations would retain nearly all of their credits, said Wagnon, who served as secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue from 2003 until 2011.

Brownback's plan would get rid of the home mortgage interest deduction, the charitable contribution deduction, child care and dependent care deductions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the tax credit for families who adopt children, and the sales tax on food rebate program.

Removing the rebate on sales taxes paid on food will take money from more than 365,000 Kansans, while ending the state portion of the EITC would hurt more than 227,000 working Kansans, Wagnon said.

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question4u 2 years, 3 months ago

When it comes to the budget, Sam clearly believes in the separation of church and state. His ability to keep his economic policies so entirely free of influence from the teachings of Christ must have the jaws of atheists everywhere dropping in awe!

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its_just_math 2 years, 3 months ago

Keep the have-nots whupped up into a frenzy, right SR? You're providing a very valuable public service.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 3 months ago

"Brownback has said his proposal will lure businesses to Kansas and spur economic development. He said his intent is to eventually phase out the state income tax.

"I firmly believe these reforms will set the stage for strong economic growth in Kansas – and will put more money into the pockets of Kansas families and businesses. Growth that will allow us to further reduce tax rates and increase our competitiveness. Growth that will see people move to Kansas instead of leaving our state," Brownback said in his State of the State speech last week."

This man knows not what he is talking about. It's all make believe. RINO's use the same rhetoric year after after year after year.

I want my tax dollars sent directly to me. Sam Brownback is definitely a facist therefore cannot be trusted. DO NOT send my tax dollars to Sam Brownback...his Washington D.C. track record supported wrecked financial institutions and taxpayer bailouts.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 3 months ago

"Brownback's plan would get rid of the home mortgage interest deduction, the charitable contribution deduction, child care and dependent care deductions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the tax credit for families who adopt children, and the sales tax on food rebate program."

Should this tax plan actually get enacted into law by the legislature, political historians may one day cite these mortifications inflicted on middle class Kansans as the watershed event most responsible for transforming the state of Kansas from a Republican Party stronghold into a free-thinking political swing state, if not an outright Democratic Party bastion.

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autie 2 years, 3 months ago

I'll happy too FHNC. When anybody is hiring.

Jobs, jobs, jobs and welfare live unprecedented Dewars bless us all

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 3 months ago

I'll happy when Liberals like Wagnon gets working families to start hiring again.

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cowboy 2 years, 3 months ago

heblowsalot is the singular descriptive that accurately portrays Brownback., whats next , school vouchers.Wake up Kansas this clown only serves one master and it is not the Lord.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 3 months ago

""The governor has said he's not picking winners and losers, but he is. He's choosing banks and wealthy corporations over people," Wagnon said. "This isn't even remotely fair, and it drains funding from education," she said."

Bingo, Joan.

Newt Gingrich said it best. Right wing social engineering.

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verity 2 years, 3 months ago

Doesn't Brownback support transferring responsibility for many social programs from the state to "faith-based" entities? Isn't taking away the charitable contribution deduction going to make it even harder for them to raise money?

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pavlovs_dog 2 years, 3 months ago

Just a pre-text for Gov. #heblowsalotta jobs to do his Master's bidding.

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defenestrator 2 years, 3 months ago

"Brownback's plan would get rid of ... child care and dependent care deductions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the tax credit for families who adopt children, and the sales tax on food rebate program."

That's it, Sam. Way to get the state back in order at the expense of children living in poverty. Jesus F. Christ.

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ibroke 2 years, 3 months ago

so what would you offer to keep the corporations in kansas progressive thinker??? you must have the answer

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progressive_thinker 2 years, 3 months ago

"I firmly believe these reforms will set the stage for strong economic growth in Kansas – and will put more money into the pockets of Kansas families and businesses."

Lesson for Brownback: Remember Boeing? Remember the generous tax breaks given to Boeing? Remember the taxpayer funded corporate welfare for a training program in 2007 of 2.17 million? Remember how lawmakers from Kansas advocated for the award of a huge military contract to Boeing?

And how did Boeing repay the taxpayers?

Do you think that other companies will not jump ship if it suits them, despite what incentives are offered?

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bobberboy 2 years, 3 months ago

And here I thought everyone knew he works for the Kochs.

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