Letters to the Editor

EITC support

March 15, 2012

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To the editor:

I am writing to state my opposition to the proposed reduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) being considered by the Kansas Legislature. In doing so I am concurring with the statement passed unanimously by the Presbytery of Northern Kansas of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representing 67 churches in 33 counties stretching from Colorado border to Missouri. First Presbyterian and West Side Presbyterian Churches of Lawrence are members of this presbytery and are partners with Ecumenical Campus Ministries at KU of which I am associated.

The EITC is one of the most successful resources in lifting working families out of poverty and allowing them to provide added income for their families. The EITC is a refundable income tax and has made it possible for low-income families to maintain financial stability. The proposed legislation would reduce EITC and not be refundable. This proposal lowers taxes for higher income families and increases taxes for families making $25,000 or less annual income.

To prevent this from occurring is in keeping with the Christian and Jewish faith traditions to “loosen the bounds of injustice; to love our neighbor; and to ensure that the benefits of economic activity flow equitably to all people, not to a privileged few.” (Presbytery of Northern Kansas Statement on EITC)

Comments

Liberty275 3 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if the reverend's religious organization would agree to pay higher taxes so it can be redistributed properly by the higher authority of government. I think they would baulk at the idea of having their own rent money taken to pay that of someone else.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

Sam committed to working to lift people out of poverty and then he does something like this. It is just a stupid idea that doesn't help the state financially and hurts the working poor. Yes, it irks me that people get more back than they pay in, but at least they're working as opposed to other welfare recipients.

So many other ways to deal with taxes, revenue, etc. Sam fails at everything he does because he doesn't think things through, targets the vulnerable and favors those that can take care of themselves already.

Jonathan Becker 3 years, 1 month ago

Liberty275,

Did you buy that cheap computer again without spell check? Reverend Thad would not balk at you borrowing his.

Liberty275 3 years, 1 month ago

You'll make a fine secretary for a lucky man someday.

Jonathan Becker 3 years, 1 month ago

That is your best comeback, 275? A sexist comment from a misogynist. If you stand for liberty, then anyone with a nickel's worth of common sense stands opposed. Please do not post any more of your ridiculous comments, you callipygian troll.

The reason we permit non for profit corporations to receive a tax advantage is because they add to the common weal and they undertake duties for the common good. They do it better that your dream of a limited government. If their leaders choose to criticize someone of your related phylum, like the idiot poseur we suffer for a governor, then we should be listening. Constructive criticism, which is far different than your howls brought on by the passage of a full moon, is a good thing is a society founded on ordered liberty.

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