Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brownback made personal appeal to House Republicans to approve mammoth tax cut

May 10, 2012, 10:33 a.m. Updated May 10, 2012, 9:16 p.m.


— The political explosion over tax cuts that rocked the Kansas Legislature was detonated by Gov. Sam Brownback and continued Thursday to produce fallout.

On Wednesday, as the Senate was getting ready to debate an income and business tax cut bill that was composed by a House-Senate conference committee, Brownback told Republicans in the House to approve a larger tax cut package to apply pressure to moderate Republicans in the Senate.

“I think it would be better if we did the conference report, but I am not the least bit confident that’s going to get to me, and then we’re left with nothing,” Brownback told the House GOP caucus just before the House came into session.

“I think it would help stimulate the legitimate discussions and negotiations taking place between the House and Senate on taxes if you were to concur with the Senate package that is in front of you today. I think that would be a better route to go.”

His comments were recorded by a reporter for the Kansas Education Policy Report.

When the House started work, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, commandeered passage of the larger tax cut bill, which was sent to Brownback on a 64-59 vote.

Brownback has said that while he would prefer the conference committee tax cut, he is prepared to sign into law the larger tax cut despite state projections that the proposal would produce a budget shortfall of $2.7 billion by 2017. With state expenditures running at approximately $6.2 billion per year, many legislators say such a large tax cut would force cuts to schools and social services.

After the House action, Brownback said, “It is important to recognize that the debate in Kansas has changed from how we grow state government to about how we grow the state’s economy. After a decade of lost jobs and people, Kansas is now on the path of economic growth and job creation.”

And Americans for Prosperity praised the House. “We applaud the leaders of the Kansas House for this bold move toward tax relief,” said Derrick Sontag, AFP-Kansas state director.

Criticism of the arm-twisting and the possibility of such a mammoth tax cut becoming law also was lodged.

Kansas National Education Association President Blake West noted that Brownback has said educating children is to state government as national defense is to the federal government. “The impact on education will be the equivalent of shuttering the Pentagon,” West said of the tax bill.

“I urge policymakers to find some means to rescind the actions of the House, return to a reasoned discussion, and allow the voices of Kansans to be heard through the legislative process rather than railroaded through the autocratic manipulations of a few to the benefit of only a handful of wealthy Kansans,” West said.


johnnyreb 5 years ago

Anything else happening Captain Obvious? Thanks to the Governor's leadership, we are on the verge of reversing the failed economic policies of the last 10 years.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

just wait. the next 10 years are going to be so much worse. People will be begging to leave the stats. We'll need fences and guards to keep people in.

johnnyreb 5 years ago

Says the obvious product of public school overspending. More money won't help with your spelling.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

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Liberalinyourface 5 years ago

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question4u 5 years ago

"Says the obvious product of public school overspending" is not a sentence.

When you're throwing stones make sure that you don't pick up a boomerang.

johnnyreb 5 years ago

Another Captain Obvious!

Wait, wait.....Question4u is another Captain Obvious.

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

The south lost. Get over it.

Or do you like to associate with losers?

johnnyreb 5 years ago

Yes, why do you think I'm on this discussion board?

chootspa 5 years ago

So that we can have the dubious privilege of associating with losers?

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago


I think I will change my user name to "Hannibal" and start crowing about how great Carthage was.

What a maroon.

ricleal71 5 years ago

Reb you LOST the war, get over it. Barack is YOUR PRESIDENT. I know you LOVE that. . .LOL!

JackMcKee 5 years ago

Worst Govenor in the state and possibly any states history.

JayhawkFan1985 5 years ago

Come on, be fair. Brownback is running neck and neck with Wisconsin and Virginia.

texburgh 5 years ago

Don't forget Idaho, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Arizona, and Indiana!

Fossick 5 years ago

"Brownback made personal appeal to House Republicans to approve mammoth tax "

We now have a mammoth tax? I could see where that might work in Siberia, where people can still occasionally dig them up. It would work there like a severance tax on oil and gas. But in Kansas? That's about as useful as taxing unicorns.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

LOL. Good points. The unicorns are voting illegally, not avoiding taxes. Just ask the SoS.

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

Governor Blowback the bully. It's his way, or watch your arse.

ShameOnU 5 years ago

There is only one way to stop Brownback is to vote him out, his plan is to stay in office the next four years then run for President, but what is he going to do with the people in Kansas, what is going to happen to our schools, the middle class, the poor, the disable people, ask him who contributes to his reelection funds, one that I know of is a nursing home, so that is where he plans to send the old and the disable. I don't know about anyone else but I say vote him out of office that is the only way to stop him. I have seen the cuts that he has already made less people doing more work what does he want out of people blood. For the person that keeps referring to Missouri I say move and move to Missouri now.

sciencegeek 5 years ago

Voting him out will do no good. He still has 2 years left, and by that time, the damage will be done. Look at what he's already done!

The only thing that will stop this juggernaut is to vote out the wingnuts in the Legislature that enable him. The only thing that has limited the damage at all is the moderate Republicans in the Senate, and they have been targeted by the big bucks right-wingers. The fate of Kansas is in the hands of Republican primary voters.

Phillbert 5 years ago

Right now the only person quoted is Brownback, so your argument is that he is biased against himself? Brilliant.

pace 5 years ago

No, they quoted Americans for Prosperity praised the House. “We applaud the leaders of the Kansas House for this bold move toward tax relief,

Americans for Prosperity is Koch funded, They pick such friendly sounding names. I guess, Koch lobbyists is too plain. Astroturfing is a form of advocacy in support of a political, organizational, or corporate agenda, designed to give the appearance of a "grassroots"

jesse499 5 years ago

No because there never been a positive story about Brownback and never will be tell it's written that he's out of office.He didn't do anything in DC. for us and he's doing even less here.And I'm a Rep.saying that.

JayhawksandHerd 5 years ago

Maybe Scott should report that Brownback farts sunshine and kittens. It wouldn't be true, but it might better please your sensibilities, no?

tomatogrower 5 years ago

Did you even read the article? All the quotes are Brownback and his buddies! If you don't like what they said, well that would explain why you always seem to be contradicting yourself.

Orwell 5 years ago

You don't see many positive stories about tornadoes or tsunamis either. If Brownback ever does a good job he'll get better coverage.

irvan moore 5 years ago

it's to bad that a lot of republican voters will vote against their own interests to reelect brownback. think of all those who work for the state or have friends and realatives who do that follow the conservative leaders. and no, i'm not a liberal, i think if i have to be something i'm a moderate. when the conservative republicans start working to get their moderate rebuplican house or senate members voted out i think we have a really serious problem.

Fossick 5 years ago

If you're not a liberal, it might comfort you to know that you have the vocabulary down pat. Another liberal might help you to clear up your confusion:

IT’S election season, and once again Democrats are flummoxed by evangelical voters. They think that “those people” vote against their own self-interest...But the good news for secular liberals is that evangelicals are smarter and more varied than many liberals realize. I met doctors, scientists and professors at the churches where I studied... (from a source)

irvan moore 5 years ago

i read your link, it's interesting but i think we could all think more about the whole instead of what's good for christians or conservatives or liberals or the koch family or the old hipsters wishing (WE) they were still getting high and thinking (we) they make a difference. ah heck, i guess i'm just a grouchy old man

Mercy 5 years ago

We can do a much better job spending our own money than giving it to the topeka or Washington.

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

Yes, on things like roads and fire and police and missiles and armies.

You want a free ride, huh? You don't want to actually pay for all of the things taxes buys.

Are you a freeloader? A government welfare queen? Well?

pace 5 years ago

unless you are one of the Koch brothers, you won't be spending the money. Most of us will be paying more.

chootspa 5 years ago

We'll have to deal with his crap in the near future. Paygo. It will just get worse when he's out of office and no longer has to clean up his own mess. And unless the next governor and house are somewhat sane, they'll finally get their wish to screw all the little old retired teacher ladies out of their pensions.

JayhawkFan1985 5 years ago

To save this village, the House plans to burn it down...

pace 5 years ago

Koch Industries front boys," Americans for Prosperity praised the House. “We applaud the leaders of the Kansas House for this bold move toward tax relief," How bold to thank the house and governor openly, on the floor, for their special tax bill being passed. If only the people of Kansas had their own governor, wouldn't that be nice. I miss those days.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

since when is "troglodyte" worthy of censorship? Wow.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Recall Sam Brownback!!!

Tom Holland would win if the election were run again.

Let's do it!

JackMcKee 5 years ago

I wish we could. How much you want to bet that old Sammy moves out of Kansas and away from his disaster in a few years?

jafs 5 years ago

There aren't grounds for a recall, unfortunately.

Incompetence was removed from those grounds.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Looks like Sam is going to get his final solution one way or another.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years ago

Brownback and allies bulldoze their way to a Kansas tax cut! Radical tactics for a radical bill

Michael LoBurgio 5 years ago

Kansas Tax Bill Would Cost $600 Million a Year While Hiking Taxes on Low-Income and Middle Class Families

jafs 5 years ago

Something that doesn't get discussed much is that the Senate passed the large tax cut bill in the first place.

If you don't like a bill, don't pass it, right?

They intended it to be the beginning of negotiations, of course, but once they passed it, it's perfectly kosher for the House to do the same, isn't it?

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