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Statehouse Live: Brownback confident tax cuts will be approved, says immigration should be left to feds

March 28, 2012

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday spoke with a small group of the National Federation of Independent Business of Kansas about his proposal to cut business and income taxes.

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday spoke with a small group of the National Federation of Independent Business of Kansas about his proposal to cut business and income taxes.

— Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday expressed optimism that the Legislature would approve income and business tax cuts during the current session.

Meanwhile, a legislative memo indicated the state would need to add within two years more than 420,000 new workers to spend money on goods and services to make up the $829 million in lost revenue from tax cuts under a proposal approved by the Senate. The state currently has a labor force of about 1.5 million people.

Speaking to the National Federation of Independent Business-Kansas, Brownback said his main goal is to reduce personal income tax rates and remove taxes on nonwage income for nearly 200,000 businesses.

He said 19 countries have adopted a similar approach, and their economies have grown.

The House and Senate have approved bills that accomplish Brownback’s general goals but in different ways. A conference committee of House and Senate tax leaders is meeting to work on those differences. The legislative memo addressed the Senate plan.

Democrats, who are vastly outnumbered in the Legislature, have opposed Brownback’s plan and those passed in the House and Senate, saying they would increase the tax burden on low- and middle-income Kansans, while giving wealthy Kansans and businesses big tax breaks. The huge reductions in tax revenue, they argue, would rob schools, social services and public safety of needed funds. Democrats have pushed for property tax decreases.

Brownback told the NFIB he would like to see property taxes go down, but that wouldn’t grow the economy.

On another issue, Brownback said the Legislature should leave illegal immigration to the federal government.

Some Republicans want to debate proposals drafted by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona. And other Republicans back the Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s plan to allow illegal immigrants to work in some hard-to-fill jobs.

“I think it’s primarily a federal issue,” Brownback said.

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deec 3 years, 1 month ago

"On another issue, Brownback said the Legislature should leave illegal immigration to the federal government.

Some Republicans want to debate proposals drafted by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona. And other Republicans back the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's plan to allow illegal immigrants to work in some hard-to-fill jobs.

"I think it's primarily a federal issue," Brownback said. " Apparently Kris hacked off Sam. Awkward.

JackMcKee 3 years, 1 month ago

Whatever Sammy thinks you can bet the farm he's wrong.

Brittanicus 3 years, 1 month ago

Implement the 2006 Secure Fence act as enacted by Congress. Double fencing with patrolling tracks between, for rapid enforcement. Bring the troops home from Afghanistan and place them armed along the border from Brownville, TX to San Diego, California, to supplement the U.S. Border Patrol. Once executed there will be no more gripes, from the peanut gallery.

It is time to do what’s right for 20 million of Americans jobless, instead of Sanctuary California and many of the other 50 states pandering to the illegal alien invasion from across the world? By Beginning with a Congressional enactment of national mandatory E-Verify law, which will release hundreds of thousands of good jobs, as a result illegal aliens fleeing home because work is no longer available. Rhode Island Governor Chafee has joined a bunch of other states, to try and rescind Arizonans immigration enforcement laws, because thousands would venture into states with less policing enforcement and would perpetrating more ID fraud and gaining access to their public assistance programs through unfunded mandates. o these scheming politicians on all levels of government should be justifiably voted out of office that is catering to foreign nationals. Enforce the Secure Communities law and any other law, that makes illegal aliens afraid of the shadow, which might be an ICE agent.

By unseating these un-American politicians it will make room for Constitutional Tea Party fresh faced lawmakers, who are not part of the elite Democratic or Republican Hierarchy. They will promote tough legislation in the Senate and House for the removal of Pro-illegal immigrant laws, and thereby rescinding Sanctuary city ordinances, chain migration of families, Dream Act laws that are giving illegal aliens more rights than US citizens. With a $113 billion dollars price tag and rising for welfare for illegal aliens, this really is a serious flaw in our constitutional system of government. You can read about the terrible consequence of not securing our borders, which is attracting millions of more impoverished people for free welfare at NUMBERSUSA. www.numbersusa.com/ We must insure that our established Congress no longer encumbers the further removal of overwhelming numbers of invaders, which has multiplied throughout this sovereign nation.

Mike1949 3 years ago

Ah, yes, the tea bangers, a bunch of UN-Americans that are determined to bring down democracy and institute the religious right as America's terrorists to the destruction of all American fought freedom and bill of rights. Under their dictatorship, if you don't follow them then they will either deport legal American or just kill them off by destroying all medical services for the poor & middle class. It's no wonder people are arming themselves!

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