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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.

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— 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.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 11 months ago

Brownback said, “It is important to recognize that the debate in Kansas has changed to how do we grow the state’s economy?" And he proposed "technology industries serve as a path out of the state’s budget woes and that the state should seek to attract new opportunities in renewable sources of energy" but when I sent him a letter explaining that all the above could be done with a public private collaboration he failed to respond and went back to work in his ongoing efforts to undermine the states economy by making us all look like a bunch of backward rednecks.

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jafs 1 year, 11 months 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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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

A $2.7 billion shortfall by 2017? I think Sam plans to make up the difference through volume.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

You mean I "may" be able to keep more of my money? Thanks for not taking so much of it.

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Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 11 months ago

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

http://www.itepnet.org/pdf/KSConferenceCommittee.pdf

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Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 11 months ago

Brownback and allies bulldoze their way to a Kansas tax cut! Radical tactics for a radical bill http://bit.ly/IIfWx1

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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bobberboy 1 year, 11 months ago

Oneal is on the take with the koch bros . browncrack is a clown .

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Recall Sam Brownback!!!

Tom Holland would win if the election were run again.

Let's do it!

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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pace 1 year, 11 months 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.

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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mikekt 1 year, 11 months ago

Brownback saved those Boeing tanker jobs-all right......for some other state! Our Hero! The deficit is coming & somebody else in the future will have to deal with Sams' stuff, as others are left to deal with George W. Bush's creations. What was Brownback doing in Washington D.C. while Bush was running up the debt? Helping him?

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Mercy 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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irvan moore 1 year, 11 months 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.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

Has Scott ever written a positive story about Gov. Brownback? Shouldn't there be quotes from people on all sides of an issue? Seems to be a very fine line between opinion and "journalism" these days.

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ShameOnU 1 year, 11 months 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.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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Fossick 1 year, 11 months 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.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

Worst Govenor in the state and possibly any states history.

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johnnyreb 1 year, 11 months 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.

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