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.


JayhawkFan1985 6 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.

kochmoney 6 years ago

Yup. This bill is the opposite of stimulating the economy.

headdoctor 6 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.

Phillbert 6 years ago

If you don't want police and roads feel free to move to Somalia.

dpowers 6 years ago

But he will probably lose his job if you and the rest of the neo-cons have your way.

Patricia Davis 6 years ago

Would you explain what you mean when you use the term entitlements? Was Bush entitled to raid social security for his insane wars?

pace 6 years ago

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

John Hamm 6 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.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

If you don't like the taxes the way they currently are, why don't you move to Texas? They are already last in just about everything. That way you dont have to drag the rest of us to 3rd world status.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

The GOP doesn't understand gravity therefore it doesn't exist. The only sound science they support is selling slime to kids...

Orwell 6 years ago

Bought and paid for. Just coming across, as promised, for Dave and Charlie.

Michael LoBurgio 6 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.

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

Interesting generalizations. Sounds like President Reagan's Cadillac-Driving welfare queen from the old days. Judgements, particularly on the 'anonymous' Internet, are often misguided, particularly if they paint with such a broad brush. Despite the advantages of being poor, I find few people who want to switch places. = "Conservative politicians have a talent for telling memorable anecdotes that capture the essence of their beliefs on any particular issue. One of the most enduring of these came from Ronald Reagan on the subject of welfare. He cited a Chicago "Welfare Queen" who had ripped off $150,000 from the government, using 80 aliases, 30 addresses, a dozen social security cards, and four fictional dead husbands. The country was outraged; Reagan dutifully promised to roll back welfare; and ever since, the "Welfare Queen" driving her "Welfare Cadillac" has become permanently lodged in American political folklore. Unfortunately, like most great conservative anecdotes, it wasn't really true. The media searched for this welfare cheat in the hopes of interviewing her, and discovered that she didn't even exist. " As they note here. Are there problems? Yes. Is their corruption? Yes. For more information, check the farm programs, military contractors, the revolving doors between lobbyists and the legislatures, etc. We must attend to these issues, but pretending that most people cheat and live high on the hog in their impoverished state is a red herring.

chootspa 6 years ago

Do they remember how many houses they have? How many owners of NASCAR teams do they know? If they've got better stuff than the rich people, I'm sure they've at least got a car elevator, right?

lucky_guy 6 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.

inquire 6 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?

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

Perhaps, but that's not the objective. Like the slaves of old, the poor will eventually get their reward in heaven. Just keep singing those old songs.

chootspa 6 years ago

Health care for poor/disabled and education. It's all that's left to sacrifice.

Alexander Smith 6 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.

WilburNether 6 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!

jayhawklawrence 6 years ago

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

Welcome to the right wing version of Utopia.

kochmoney 6 years ago

No. He'll do worse. Bush had the option to keep deficit spending. Brownie does not.

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