Advertisement

Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kansas House votes to end sales tax on food

March 13, 2012

Advertisement

— Kansas would no longer charge sales tax on groceries under an amendment approved by the House.

The 76-44 vote Tuesday came as the chamber debated a plan that would reduce income tax rates for individuals and some classes of businesses.

Rep. Jana Goodman, a Leavenworth Republican, offered the amendment on groceries, arguing that all Kansas residents deserved to have more money in their pockets. Ending the sales tax on groceries would cost the state an estimated $350 million annually.

Goodman says Kansas is struggling in a recession and the best way to start a recovery is by cutting taxes.

The amendment was one of several considered by the House as it debated the income tax measure.

Comments

mikekt 2 years, 1 month ago

The whole point is to shrink the government to the point that it is small enough to drown it in a bath tub....so the sociopathic rich of this nation can be rid of governments restraint on their behaviors and win some public point about how powerful they are, personally. That is the Grover Norquist "Publican Goal" for this country and how the RE-"Publican Party" rolls. How do you shrink the government? You cut off it's funding (and thus it's head) without any plan to replace that lost funding with new funding. Do it on the sly with tax cuts. This is the thinking of some seriously disturbed people who are nuts enough that they don't see the reality that without a government to protect themselves and their wealth, that the poor of this country might just do to the rich, as the Poor of France did to their nobility during the French Revolution. Today they cut your food bill..... but tomorrow they will cut spending on schools, public health & safety, aid & food stamps for the poor, medicaid.... and whatever their sociopathic hearts desire! Some day they will look you straight in the face on TV & tell you that Kansas is so broke & that we can't afford these or those future things... and then go back to their offices and have a really good laugh about how stupid the public is including YOU for believing them! They probably hope that the next governor will be a Democrat or Independent so they will have somebody else to blame for their Publican handy work. DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? POST BABY BUSH! NOW WE'RE IN THE HOLE AND CAN NOT AFFORD THIS OR THAT BECAUSE OF SPENDING WITHOUT TAXING AND TAX CUTS FOR EIGHT YEARS OF BABY BUSH..... AND WE OWE TRILLIONS TO OTHERS WHO AREN'T OUR FRIENDS AND WHO DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS! If you by into their plans then you deserve what you are going to get someday from them.

0

Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

A Smart ALEC Threatens Public Education

Coordinated efforts to introduce model legislation aimed at defunding and dismantling public schools is the signature work of this conservative organization.

By Julie Underwood and Julie F. Mead, Phi Delta Kappan Article Tools

A legislative contagion seemed to sweep across the Midwest during the early months of 2011. First, Wisconsin legislators wanted to strip public employees of the right to bargain. Then, Indiana legislators got into the act. Then, it was Ohio. In each case, Republican governors and Republican-controlled state legislatures had introduced substantially similar bills that sought sweeping changes to each state’s collective bargaining statutes and various school funding provisions.

What was going on? How could elected officials in multiple states suddenly introduce essentially the same legislation?

The answer: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Its self-described legislative approach to education reads:

Across the country for the past two decades, education reform efforts have popped up in legislatures at different times in different places. As a result, teachers’ unions have been playing something akin to “whack-a-mole”—you know the game—striking down as many education reform efforts as possible. Many times, the unions successfully “whack” the “mole,” i.e., the reform legislation. Sometimes, however, they miss. If all the moles pop up at once, there is no way the person with the mallet can get them all. Introduce comprehensive reform packages. (Ladner, LeFevre, & Lips, 2010, p. 108)

ALEC’s own “whack-a-mole” strategy also reveals the group’s ultimate goal. Every gardener who has ever had to deal with a mole knows that the animals undermine and ultimately destroy a garden. ALEC’s positions on various education issues make it clear that the organization seeks to undermine public education by systematically defunding and ultimately destroying public education as we know it.

What is ALEC?

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/03/01/kappan_underwood.html

0

jafs 2 years, 1 month ago

It's funny that this proposal is meeting with such opposition from liberals, who have argued for some time that sales taxes, especially on food, are regressive and hurt the poor.

If I didn't know better, I'd think it's just partisan opposition, without serious thought :-)

0

pace 2 years, 1 month ago

I have always thought sales tax on food was a good one to stop. But does this mean I think Brownbacks trick will end up with the poor paying less and the rich more. NO. My bet is this amendment won't fly, but the relief of taxes for the rich will. Koch graft.

0

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

Eliminating the sales tax on food is a very good idea and should become the law in Kansas as it already is in many other states. Of course, deli food, fast food, and restaurant food would be exempt, as it is in California. In California, only food that is to be prepared at home is exempt from sales tax.

For many people, the small amount of money that they do have must be stretched just to pay for needed medications, the rent on what most would consider to be a hovel, and whatever is left is spent on food.

People with very little income are not required to pay any income tax, so why should they be required to pay a tax on what is a basic necessity of life? There are plenty of very wealthy people that could very easily afford to make up for any shortfall in the state tax revenues in other ways. Perhaps there could be a new tax placed on the purchase of a new Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Cadillac, BMW, Ferrari, or other similar car.

Only the very poor are going to derive any real benefit from the elimination of the sales tax on food. How we treat the very poor among us who can do nothing about their situation makes a very clear statement about ourselves.

0

Shane Garrett 2 years, 1 month ago

Great plan. Elimination of the tax on food, is a start.

0

Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

How will reducing state taxes provide anyone with more money after local taxes,fees,rates etc etc etc are increased?

0

Bill Lee 2 years, 1 month ago

If the sales tax is removed from food, which I belive it should be, it will never be reinstated. This means we need to find another revenue source, so expect property taxes to increase.

0

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Face it. There are too many people in Kansas that can't pay their own way.

Rebublicans wants you to keep your money so you can buy more "food" and the DRD4 Genies are "mad" that People making $100,000 should pay more income taxes because the government(which btw are people too) is going to be "short" $300,000,000 to give away to Genies with no "skin in the game".

I'm not "bluffing" either.

0

Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Public Education will cost more.........

Making locals increase taxes to pay the bills allows the idiots in Topeka to say "we do not believe in increasing taxes" = one big fat lie.

0

Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

"Goodman says Kansas is struggling in a recession and the best way to start a recovery is by cutting taxes."

Does Goodman know anything about taxes? It's becoming apparent that many elected officials understand little about taxation for they never tell anyone what services will disappear. Perhaps elected officials have no clue.

Brownback is not the economic giant of our time.

All of you cut as many taxes as possible thinkers get your wallets out NOW! You are about to be exposed to HIGHER LOCAL TAXES AND INCREASED FEES AND INCREASED WATER AND SEWER RATES as a result of all the state level tax cuts. Public swimming will cost more.

You name it .... it will cost more!

0

Haiku_Cuckoo 2 years, 1 month ago

Nutritious food should be tax-free (anything purchased in the produce, dairy or meat departments). Junk food should be taxed sky high though. People shouldn't get a tax break for stuffing their faces with Little Debbie snack cakes and soda pop.

0

tolawdjk 2 years, 1 month ago

Question:

When will "recession" have jumped the shark? What is the basis of the definition used? Anymore it seems like the word has entered the realm of other loosely defined words..."love", "sex", "is", "pornoraphy", "art", "religion".

0

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

Now, if they'd just make this up with an increase in income tax on incomes over $100,000, we'd be headed towards a fair system of taxation.

0

Gandalf 2 years, 1 month ago

This is just more smoke and mirrors. Even if both houses passed the food sales tax reduction as part of a bargain to get the income tax increase on the working poor. Evelsam would veto the sales tax provision and keep the tax increase. It would never get the 2/3 to overide.

0

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 1 month ago

I have no statistics to disprove their numbers but doesn't $1,000,000 per DAY in sales tax just at grocery stores in Kansas seem a little high? That's hard for me to imagine

0

Clark Coan 2 years, 1 month ago

The nearly 9% tax on food hurts the very poor the most. It is very regressive. Cities and counties depend on the sales tax now, so the amendment won't survive.

0

Eddie Muñoz 2 years, 1 month ago

I thought we were in a budget crisis... it doesn't make sense to me to give up $350 million of revenue. But I'm no economic scholar, so I could be wrong.

0

Richard Payton 2 years, 1 month ago

Everything purchased at the grocery store included such as liquor and smokes on this tax amendment?

0

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Put a scale at the "check out" lane. If you are too fat. You pay the tax. Everyone else that meets "FLOTUS" requirements for a healty weight. No Tax.

This is a "brilliant" idea to bring the "fatties" in line with a healthy existence. Obamacare will not have to spend "taxpayer" money on "chubbycare" either.

0

optimist 2 years, 1 month ago

This is a good plan. Many other states made this change years ago. The tax on food affects those with lower incomes more than anyone else. This is the simplest and most logical way to help the poor, by allowing them to keep more of what they earn. This is far better than the government to confiscating money from tax payers and then redistributing it. This is a fine example of the free market approach. Further reductions in spending will have to occur to pay for it. I applaud the move.

0

Bruce Bertsch 2 years, 1 month ago

Remedial Econ...Lowering taxes won't start a recovery. If it did, we wouldn't have had the last recession.

0

Gandalf 2 years, 1 month ago

This will never become law. Hear of line item veto?

0

jayhawklawrence 2 years, 1 month ago

Is this simply a bait and switch ploy?

They may just be looking to develop a moral argument to grant a big tax cut to businesses.

The checkbook won't balance.

0

Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 1 month ago

Something good from the legislature for a change.

0

JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

I like the sales tax on food elimination. It's much more equitable than the income tax cut. Add in a property tax reduction and I think you've got a real winner.

0

Hooligan_016 2 years, 1 month ago

At this rate, why even have the Kansas Legislature anymore?

0

April Fleming 2 years, 1 month ago

seconding that. $350 million is a lot to make up.

0

Scut Farkus 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's build up the state coffers for awhile before we start to give it away. In any event the money has to come from somewhere so I'm guessing education and social services will take a hit.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.