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Mother of two urges legislators to reject Brownback plan to eliminate EITC

March 12, 2012

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— Advocates for the poor and a mother of two, who worked her way out of a four-month stay at a homeless shelter, argued Monday for maintaining the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been targeted for elimination by Gov. Sam Brownback and reduction by House Republican leaders.

Tosha Jansen-Conkey speaks Monday during a news conference. The mother of two young boys, Jansen-Conkey spoke against attempts to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Tosha Jansen-Conkey speaks Monday during a news conference. The mother of two young boys, Jansen-Conkey spoke against attempts to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Tosha Jansen-Conkey, a graduate of Kansas University, said that in 2007 she was divorced, bankrupt and the mother of two boys.

"My biggest reward is the love of my two children," she said, who are now 6 and 5.

She worked several jobs to keep her family afloat and lived for four months at the Topeka Rescue Mission.

Jansen-Conkey said the EITC has been crucial to her family. "Without this sort of relief, I may not have been able to get on my two feet," she said.

Brownback's plan to reduce income tax rates and slash business taxes includes eliminating numerous deductions and credits, including the state portion of the EITC. The House Republican leadership tax plan would cut the credit by half.

The Brownback administration has said there is widespread fraud in the EITC. In January, Brownback’s Budget Director Steve Anderson said, “We have no way of making sure, for example, that a single mother is spending that on needs for her children.”

But Sister Therese Bangert, of the Catholic Sisters of Charity, disagreed with Anderson's assessment.

She said low-income families use the EITC to pay off medical and credit card bills, rent, car repairs and other necessary expenses.

"The EITC has been studied and studied and showed positive outcomes for families," she said. A coalition of groups, called the Partnership to Preserve the Earned Income Tax Credit, said that more than 90 percent of Kansas’ EITC dollars go to families with children, and the average credit is about $360. The coalition said the EITC lifts more children out of poverty than any other single program and was adopted to help working low-income families offset sales and property taxes.

Bangert said she was personally offended that talk of tax fraud seems to only come up with the EITC and not the tax dodges used by wealthier people.

Jansen-Conkey, who over the past several years has worked at jobs mopping floors, selling cars and is now a legal secretary, said she received $735 from the credit this year. She said the credit has helped her buy a van and make a downpayment on a mobile home.

Removing the EITC would "be taking away too much from children who have too little," she said.

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mikekt 2 years, 1 month ago

SAM BROWNWACK is about as Cristian as MAO ZEDONG-the Self Indulgent Dictator was a Ideological Communist.....Right?! His ongoing obvious class warfare on the poorest Kansans smacks of pure sociopathic behavior. Where did Jesus command his followers ( or "SAM THE PRETENDER" ) to "GO AND SUFFER THE POOR ANYWAY THAT YOU CAN!"? Oh," the poor-oppressed-rich folks", whom St. SAM BROWNWACK worries about! Hey,... He can fool-most of the people-most of the time-and no doubt fool himself when he looks in the mirror......assuming, of course, that he has a reflection (at all) to be seen?! SAM could just be a blood sucking Vampire, for all that i know, as he sure goes for the financial jugulars of the poor, whenever he finds the chance. Oh, the poor (GREATEST AMONGST US) rich folks?! They just suffer so "unbearably" by being asked to consider the needs of anyone else but themselves! That's so very, very unfair (to the rich who make their livings off the hard work & disasters of the middle class & the truly poor....right?..*#@%$$$^!=?) . OH cry out to God in heaven, for the "POOR Rich Publicans Of Kansas". SAM seems to think that the concept of "Praying For" The LEAST AMONGST US & the concept of "Preying On" The Least AMONGST US,...... is the same thing?!!!!! What an interesting leap!!!! How do people do that & call themselves Christian if they aren't a bit sociopathic? Well, what could one really expect but the obvious, from the Publican Parties' Leadership.

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rtwngr 2 years, 1 month ago

The Kansas City Star does not report anything in a fair manner. The state does not have money to hand out. The budget has to be brought into line.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Robin Hood in Reverse: Kansas Bill Raises Taxes On The Poor While Cutting Them For The Rich

A Kansas House tax committee passed a bill in which anyone making less than $25,000 a year — roughly half a million of the state’s 2.9 million residents — will pay an average of $72 more in taxes, while those making more than $250,000 — about 21,000 people — will see a $1,500 cut, according to Kansas Department of Revenue estimates cited by the Kansas City Star.

The hike would come from the elimination of tax credits typically benefitting the poor.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Robin Hood in Reverse: Kansas Bill Raises Taxes On The Poor While Cutting Them For The Rich

A Kansas House tax committee passed a bill in which anyone making less than $25,000 a year — roughly half a million of the state’s 2.9 million residents — will pay an average of $72 more in taxes, while those making more than $250,000 — about 21,000 people — will see a $1,500 cut, according to Kansas Department of Revenue estimates cited by the Kansas City Star.

The hike would come from the elimination of tax credits typically benefitting the poor.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Brownbacks tax cuts = Class Warfare To compensate for these reductions in income taxes, the Governor’s plan eliminates itemized deductions (including home mortgage interest and charitable contributions). It eliminates incentives for 529 education savings programs and long-term care insurance premiums. It eliminates the refund for sales tax on food for low-income Kansans. I also understand it eliminates part of the Homestead property tax refund.

The plan also eliminates tax credits for: * Adoption * Alternative fuel tax * Assistive technology contribution * Child and dependent care * Child day care assistance * Community service contribution * Disabled access * Earned income (EITC) * Environmental compliance * Historic preservation * Individual development account * National Guard employer health insurance * Small employer health benefit plan * Temporary assistance to families contribution * and more.

It appears that this plan moves the tax burden from the richest Kansans to the middle class and poorest Kansans. For example, sales tax is the most regressive tax we have. Making the 1% sales tax increase permanent not only reneges on our promise to remove the sales tax increase, it puts a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Removing the refund for sales tax on food and the Earned Income Tax Credit is a double whammy for the poorest working Kansans. In fact, President Ronald Reagan once said the Earned Income Tax Credit was “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”

Eliminating the deduction for home mortgage discourages home purchases for the middle class. Cutting the upper marginal income tax rate benefits the richest Kansans the most. Low-income Kansans can buy a Big Mac with their income tax cut while the folks at the top can buy a yacht with theirs. Not only that, when the income tax is eliminated altogether, there will only be sales and property taxes left to pay the bills.

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bigtoe 2 years, 1 month ago

Quote from Observant: "Exactly how many illegal aliens do you think file an income tax return? Bet the figure, if it could be found is approaching zero or is zero. Do you really think an illegal alien is going to raise a red flag and say, here I am, come get me?"

Unless you're a violent felon illegal alien who has just axe murdered 6 people a few hours ago nobody in immigration enforcement is interested in or coming after you, period.

Federal law specifically allows illegal aliens to file for and receive an annual federal EITC check in the mail. The IRS isn't going to take any action against them for doing what the law specifically permits, so yes illegal aliens (in large numbers) file both federal and State of Kansas tax returns to get those two chunks of free money every year. They get to be here illegally, pay no income tax, and receive a nice sized amount of free federal and Kansas taxpayer money every year, just like clockwork.

Fact: People who receive EITC checks every year pay no income taxes - zero - nada - none, but the taxpayers give them billions of $$ in State and federal EITC free money every year.

What is happening in Topeka is they're changing the law so that Kansas will no longer give out EITC free money checks to anyone, including illegal aliens. However, all those people (legal and illegal) will still keep getting their federal EITC free money checks every year.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

How do we know that businesses benefitting from his proposed tax cuts will reinvest in the business by giving raises to employees, buying equipment, or whatever? Why does the GOP presume big business and the wealthy are so much better at managing money than working class people? As for me, I don't think a person like Paris Hilton could form a complete sentence or fill up a tank of gas but since she was born into a wealthy family, we are supposed to believe she would make better choices than the mother in this article? I don't think so. The GOP is filled with bigoted zealots who are owned by the Koch brothers.

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Katara 2 years, 1 month ago

So any bets as to which insults Rush will launch at this woman who dares to testify at a public hearing?

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observant 2 years, 1 month ago

In response to bigtoe "Rothschild deliberately avoids any discussion of how much of this taxpayer supplied EITC money goes to illegal aliens in Kansas, which is a primary reasons the EITC is going to be reformed in Kansas."

Exactly how many illegal aliens do you think file an income tax return? Bet the figure, if it could be found is approaching zero or is zero. Do you really think an illegal alien is going to raise a red flag and say, here I am, come get me?

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Niemoller 2 years, 1 month ago

Bigtoe - "Low income people aren't paying medical bills with it because they have 100% free medical care under Medicaid and/or at the emergency room, also covered by the taxpayer. Most of them also probably have their food, rent and a car covered by the taxpayer."

I feel that you have confused "Low income" with those on Social Security and other programs. Those that work do not qualify for medical, nor can they usually afford to pay for it. They are actually the ones that you complain about not paying their medical bills and raising prices of medical care for everyone else. Also, at about 130% poverty level, they also do not get SNAP benefits nor could they possibly qualify for Section 8. I don't know any program that directly pays car payments. So it sounds like you really talk out of your rear.

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Greg Cooper 2 years, 1 month ago

Follow this link to answer your question.

As to your assertion that the EITC is not lifting any children out of poverty, you're probably right. But using that theory to justify taking ANY dollars away from needy people is faulty, and a true Republican trait. Perhaps easing the strain a bit is what the EITC does, and perhaps it allows the poberty-stricken working poor to come closer to making ends meet. You advocate throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and that's just not acceptable.

The EITC was meant as a safety net to help defray some of the costs of actually existing, and you want to throw that away based on two things: anecdotal misinformation and your own prejudice. Do some actual research, bigtoe, and perhaps you'd have some factual argument to make. Until then, continue your diatribe against people being able to survive just because you have no problem in that area. Great thnking.

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bigtoe 2 years, 1 month ago

"....the average credit is about $360. The coalition said the EITC lifts more children out of poverty than any other single program...." $360 isn't lifting any children out of poverty - it is nothing more than just enough free money to buy some sneakers they don't need and/or a new flat screen TV, just like the article says.

Low income people aren't paying medical bills with it because they have 100% free medical care under Medicaid and/or at the emergency room, also covered by the taxpayer. Most of them also probably have their food, rent and a car covered by the taxpayer.

Rothschild deliberately avoids any discussion of how much of this taxpayer supplied EITC money goes to illegal aliens in Kansas, which is a primary reasons the EITC is going to be reformed in Kansas.

By the way, anyone on this board know what amount of income qualifies as "low income" under Kansas/Federal guidelines?

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usnsnp 2 years, 1 month ago

Dont know how much fraud is going on, there are no system wide studies. But what I do know is that politicians do not like programs because it clashes with how they think things should be done. They get rid of the program, then they move on to another position or retire, then it is found out that they were wrong in their fix and have hurt large numbers of people. The problem is that they are long gone and no responsibility can be fixed to them, or they blame the failure of their policies on the invisible person by saying it was their fault not mine.

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Gandalf 2 years, 1 month ago

The biggest fraud in the state of Kansas is Evilsam and cronies are christians!

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1029 2 years, 1 month ago

Gotta agree with Brownback on this one. EITC should be eliminated. Recently heard a story from a KCMO public school teacher who mentioned a kid showing up with $300 sneakers one day bragging to the other kids about his "new tax credit kicks". It set off a conversation where one kid said he got a wii and his parents bought a new flat screen TV, and another kid mentioned his mom buying new rims for her boyfriend's car.

There needs to be a way to take care of the children, but not the irresponsible parents who should have never had children in the first place. Same thing with the SNAP program. There should be a way to make sure that kids get healthy food, but it's disgusting to see some of the items people are buying with their food stamps.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

"Brownback’s Budget Director Steve Anderson said, “We have no way of making sure, for example, that a single mother is spending that on needs for her children.”"

Sounds like collective punishment to me, and for the vast majority who receive the EITC, their only real crime is being among the working poor.

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matchbox81 2 years, 1 month ago

“ Brownback’s Budget Director Steve Anderson said,'We have no way of making sure, for example, that a single mother is spending that on needs for her children.' ” Just like we have no way of knowing that tax breaks given to companies are used to create more jobs, but I see no hestitation there on the part of our Governor.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 1 month ago

"Bangert said she was personally offended that talk of tax fraud seems to only come up with the EITC and not the tax dodges used by wealthier people." === Good point. Poor people don't lawyer up as quickly or as well as those on the other end of the income scale.

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