Archive for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kansas House and Senate negotiating plans to cut millions in taxes

March 27, 2012


— A House-Senate conference committee started work Tuesday on negotiating legislation that contained hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed tax cuts.

“We do want to make substantive changes in Kansas tax law to grow the economy,” said Rep. Richard Carlson, R-St. Marys, who is chair of the House tax committee.

Across the table from him was the Senate tax chair, Les Donovan, R-Wichita. He agreed with Carlson, adding he wanted to pass a tax plan that “harms the fewest people possible and benefits the most.” But Donovan added, “I don’t think we’re ready to make an omelet yet.”

Cutting taxes is also one of Gov. Sam Brownback’s top priorities and he pushed hard to get the Senate to approve a bill so the conference committee process could start.

Both the House and Senate have approved different tax-cutting proposals, so now the two sides will work to see if they can reconcile differences.

Democrats have opposed both plans and Brownback’s proposal, saying the plans would benefit the wealthy the most and rob state funding from critical needs, such as education and social services.

Both House and Senate plans would eliminate taxes on non-wage income for nearly 200,000 businesses, although the House proposal would phase in the reduction.

Both plans would reduce state income taxes and increase the standard deduction for head of households and married, filing jointly. The Senate plan cuts income taxes quicker, while the House plan would provide further income tax reductions if state revenues grew by more than 3 percent.

Another big difference is the House plan would repeal the state sales tax on food, while the Senate plan would keep in place the Earned Income Tax Credit. The House plan would cut the EITC in half.

The House plan would reduce revenue to the state by $370 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1; another $489 million in the year after that; and $492 million in the next year. The Senate plan reduces revenue to the state by $233 million in the next fiscal year; $829 million the year after that, and $851 million the following year.


jayhawklawrence 2 years ago

Brownback will do to Kansas what Bush did to the Federal Government.

Welcome to the right wing version of Utopia.


WilburNether 2 years ago

Oh, how the little piggies who feed on other people's money at the public trough squeal when the flow of other people's money might be cut back! Squeal, little piggies, squeal!


Alexander Smith 2 years ago

This is the worst idea. As stated earlier, cutting taxes ONLY helps the economy IF they are cutting an overflow of tax income. Do they think that thousands upon thousands of jobs are going to magically appear??? NO!! This is going to hurt us hard, especially the school system. You want to save money, cut the abuse by our government. The refurb of the capital is a PERFECT example of a private business ABUSING a budget. The refurb should ended years ago but they keep dragging it out. Also, did the parking garage under it REALLLY have to happen. The answer is NO! A shining exmaple of how LAZY Americans have come to be. Blow MILLIONS on a underground parking so ..oh my.. don't have to walk so far.. or OH MY I don't want to get wet... rather then put it into education.


inquire 2 years ago

Okay, so if I'm reading this right: .....

Then the House plan cuts 27% from the total budget and the senate plan cuts 30% from the total budget. Both over the next 3 years? Has anyone actually tried to figure out EXACTLY what we're going to sacrifice?


autie 2 years ago

Tax cuts don't make jobs. Markets to sell products make jobs. No taxes = bad roads, bad education, bad services and poor culture. That all = 'Im not coming to Kansas to build my factory. It is full of backward, ignorant hillbillys and redneck racist..

I find it sad so many have no concept of the poverty cycle in this country. It is so easy to blame them and call them names but they really don't understand why they are what they are. Sad we have so many ignorant rednecks with skewed opinons.


lucky_guy 2 years ago

Oh man sierraclub knows all about those cadallac welfare queens. If you know these "poor" people did you ask them why they don't work. Names please or is this just another "strawman". If you envy the poor so much maybe should join them.


sierraclub 2 years ago

Walk into a 'poor' persons house and you will see better items than a 'rich' persons house. The 'poor' people that I know have a flat screen TV and get free cable. Each one of the 'poor' people have a cell phone, iPod, Xbox, smoke and drink. But, since they do not want a job they get money from the 'rich'.


Michael LoBurgio 2 years 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.


observant 2 years ago

Are frontal lobotomy;s required to be a GOP/Teabagger legislator? Seems to be sole requirement.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years ago

Next up: repeal of the law of gravity.


OonlyBonly 2 years ago

You folks so dead set against tax reductions? I might suggest you move somewhere to the East or West Coasts so you can be happy knowing you're paying more.


pace 2 years ago

Education, the expendable Kansas future. Play big shots now, the kids pay for generations.


sierraclub 2 years ago

Good. Next they can cut the entitlements.


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years ago

You mean there "is" a chance I get to keep more of "my" money? Government people are so mean. They take my money and act like they are doing me a favor. What would the state do without government people, people that use the "toilet" like I do, taking my money.

I guess I should feel "lucky" that government people are taking care of me.


headdoctor 2 years ago

I am going to go out on a limb here and predict that this will not stimulate the economy or create more jobs. What they will accomplish with a good share of the State population if they keep insisting on heading this direction is turning a couple of million citizens into very angry willing tax dodgers who may try to milk the system for all they can.


JayhawkFan1985 2 years ago

Cutting taxes would stimulate the economy if the state was collecting too much in taxes and wasting what it collected. That is not the case. In fact, the state hasn't been able to meet it's obligations for years. Poor highways, poor schools, poor universities, etc will become a drag on the economy offsetting any minimal gains from slashing taxes and gutting government.


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