Advertisement

Archive for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster

May 22, 2012, 1:17 p.m. Updated May 22, 2012, 5:05 p.m.

Advertisement

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signs into law tax cuts with supporters looking on.

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signs into law tax cuts with supporters looking on.

The bill cutting taxes awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback signature.

The bill cutting taxes awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback signature.

— Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed into law massive tax cuts that he says will boost the economy and create jobs.

“Today’s legislation will create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business,” said Brownback, a conservative Republican who made tax cuts his top goal of the 2012 legislative session. “My faith is in the people of Kansas, not the government’s ability to tax and redistribute,” he said.

Brownback’s action came under harsh criticism from Republicans, Democrats and advocates for schools and children.

“This is a tax bill that only a deficit-spending politician who has spent his career in Washington, D.C., could love,” said Rochelle Chronister, a former House assistant majority leader and chair of the Kansas Republican Party. Chronister, speaking on behalf of 55 former legislators called Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, added, “What does it (the tax cuts) do for Kansas? It bankrupts the state within two years.”

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said the tax cuts will devastate state government. “The recklessness of Gov. Brownback’s actions are sure to result in deeper cuts to our public schools, more disabled Kansans left without critical services, and higher property taxes,” Davis said.

Brownback’s signature on House Bill 2117 will do away with the three state income tax rates of 3.5 percent, 6.25 percent and 6.45 percent, and replace them with two rates, 3 percent and 4.9 percent.

The measure will eliminate income taxes for the owners of 191,000 businesses that are limited liability corporations, subchapter S corporations and sole proprietorships.

It also increases the standard deduction amount for single head-of-household filers from $4,500 to $9,000, and for married taxpayers filing jointly from $6,000 to $9,000.

In addition, an already scheduled reduction of the state sales tax from 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent will take effect next year.

All told, tax revenue is projected to decline $4.5 billion over the next six years, raising concerns from many about the impact such a reduction will have on the state budget, which totals about $6.2 billion in state revenue annually and sustained significant cuts during the recession.

The Legislature’s research staff forecast that the tax cuts would lead to a budget shortfall by July 2014 that could grow to a range of $2.5 billion to $3 billion by July 2018.

Shannon Cotsoradis, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children, said, “The tax bill signed into law today by Gov. Sam Brownback will have devastating consequences for Kansas children and families.”

Terry Forsyth, president of the Working Kansas Alliance, said Brownback’s tax cuts will shift the tax burden to property taxes “and will have a devastating impact on the quality of life for working families across Kansas. He has ignored the voices and concerns of everyday Kansans who have urged him to veto this irresponsible tax plan. The working families of Kansas deserve more from their governor.”

Asked to respond to those criticisms, Brownback vowed the state will meet the needs of schools, the most vulnerable Kansans and will build roads. He said cuts will have to be made in the budget.

At the bill signing ceremony, Brownback was joined by members of his Cabinet, a handful of legislators and representatives of the Kansas Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity, groups that have been calling for tax cuts, less government spending and linked to Wichita-based Koch Industries. Critics of the tax cut have said the measure would benefit many large businesses, such as Koch Industries, at the expense of low income wage earners.

The Kansas Policy Institute distributed a paper that said the state’s general revenue fund would continue to have a positive balance if the state instituted one-time cuts of 6.5 percent and experienced 1.5 percent annual revenue growth.

Brownback’s office said “dynamic projections” show the new law will result in 22,900 new jobs, give $2 billion more in disposable income and increase population by 35,740 people.

But an analysis by the Kansas Economic Progress Council shows that to try to recover the lost revenue through increased sales tax collections, Kansas would need to add nearly 500,000 new jobs each paying $50,000. That is equivalent to a 50 percent increase in jobs in six years.

Business groups, however, lauded Brownback’s action.

“Gov. Brownback’s decision to sign this legislation shows that he’s serious about growing the Kansas economy and making our state the best place for small businesses to locate and grow,” said Dan Murray, Kansas state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Small business, which accounts for most employers in this state, are overwhelmingly in favor of eliminating the income tax on the many business entities which are organized as LLCs, S corporations and sole proprietorships,” Murray said.

The new law was the result of a furious legislative battle. Moderate Republicans in the Senate wanted a less aggressive tax cut, phasing in reductions over a number of years.

But as a favor to Brownback, the moderates approved a larger tax cutting measure to get a bill into a House-Senate conference committee for further negotiations. The moderates said they were assured that bill would never see the light of day, but Brownback has said he made no such assurance.

As the legislative session continued, Brownback asked conservative Republicans in the House to concur with the Senate-approved bill despite the projected deficits.

Senate leaders cried foul, but that maneuver put the bill on Brownback’s desk. The governor vowed to sign it as further negotiations failed.

House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, who helped push the tax cut through, said it “will be a turning point for Kansas. I am excited about the growth this reform will trigger in the coming years.”

Comments

MAX_COOL 1 year, 10 months ago

Truth-out and Huffington ---- national news. Thanks for the chuckle.

0

verity 1 year, 10 months ago

Once again Kansas has made the national news with snarky insults about how backward we are.

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

What "job creator" in his right mind would relocate to Kansas?

Job creators are generally intelligent, cultured people who appreciate a solid educated workforce and good schools and cultural programs.

Why would they come to the embarrassment that Brownback is making of Kansas.

The same reason they are not flocking to Somalia.

0

Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 10 months ago

It's not a tax relief. It's a tax shift. You'll see the "savings" negated when your property taxes increase.

It should also be noted that Republicans, not liberals, have held Kansas' purse strings for the last 100 years or so. If you want someone to blame, blame them.

0

Robert Burnham 1 year, 10 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

0

tbaker 1 year, 10 months ago

Decline of civiliization....lmao! So thats what happens when the government allows those who actually work and earn the money in the first place to keep a little bit more of what is theirs to begin with? Wow...still lmao....

Some of the posts on this blog are clear indications of just how wasted the tax money spent on public education really is.

0

Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 10 months ago

So some of you think the poor will pay more taxes thru sales and propety tax? Last time i checked, the rich owned more property and bought more goods, right? So arent the rich still paying more in that scenerio? Btw, i am not defending this ludicrous plan, i just dont think the poor will suffer the burden alone.

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

What "job creators" are going to want to live and raise their families in the embarrassment that is Kansas.

"job creators" are generally educated and value an educated workforce and a stimulating cultural environment.

Brownback has ensured that they will not move to Kansas.

0

tange 1 year, 10 months ago

"Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon..."

Does he also foresee doggle?

/ I'll have a budget-buster parfait with mine

0

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 10 months ago

Remember, the rich are not better people. They just have more money. They aren't smarter. They aren't more moral. They don't work harder. As a group, they have manipulated the system and rigged it in their favor. As a group, Kansans have let them steal the keys to the state treasury. Historically, when that happens, it is the beginning of the decline of the civilization...

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe Sam's economic devastation will produce jobs....in piracy! Just like Somalia.

Think of how much fun it would be to be a pirate. A childhood dream. In Kansas, you might be able to realize that dream.

There will be no jobs in Kansas because of lack of demand and reduced government spending. But, goods will still need to be transported through the state on roads and rail.

Voila! Piracy!

0

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 10 months ago

When Arthur Laffer invented supply side economics and the laffer curve federal income tax rates maxed out at 85%. At that rate, there may have been some validity to cutting taxes and seeing economic growth as a THEORY. In reality, Reagan gave us a huge national debt taking us from $800 billion under Carter to $3 trillion. Bush II compounded that by adding trillions more. Now that these fiscal anarchists bust the federal budget in an attempt to starve government, they have turned their attentions to state budgets. Dupes like Brownback have fallen for this failed economic theory hook, line and sinker. Brownback's slash and burn tax policy will force cities, counties and school districts to raise taxes that are more regressive like sales and property taxes to try to close the budget hole they've blown shifting the tax burden even more onto the backs of the middle class (the real job creators). Universities will dramatically raise tuition. School districts will cut programs that enrich people's lives like art, music, athletics, and probable special Ed, busing, etc. Once they've destroyed state government, they'll go after cities, counties and school districts while simultaneously complaining about a lack of accountability for worsening public services. Anyone who is a republican at this point is one dumb S.O.B. And gets what they deserve. The funniest thing of all is it is rural legislative districts pushing the hardest for these cuts and these same districts will be the hardest hit as they won't be able to raise local revenues due to a lack of economic base and greater dependence on federal and state subsidies like farm payments, Medicare, social security, etc. They'll be left saying, where did all the jobs go? As Kansas becomes like a third world nation. We deserve to be ridiculed by the rest of America...what's the matter with Kansas?

0

tolawdjk 1 year, 10 months ago

Govt doesn't create jobs. Therefore, by extension, tax cuts and budget reductions cannot "create" jobs. The best they can hope to do is create an atmosphere favorable to the creation of jobs by the world outside govt.

If there is a demand for the goods and services created by those outside govt. will there be a need to "create" a job. If demand doesn't increase then there is no reason to increase the number of jobs. Any "saved" money will just go into the boss/share holder pocket.

To the extent that this recession has "ended", it has been a jobless recovery. Companies are making profits, they are just doing it with their current labor force. They can "create" enough goods and services to meet demand.

How does this tax cut increase consumer demand? How does this tax cut encourage Bob's Boats to pick up shop in Ohio and move production to Kansas knowing that he won't likely be selling any more boats than he was yesterday because consumer demand hasn't increased. He's going to have to train a new work force, freight his equipment over from Ohio and set up a new shop.

Do the tax breaks given here offset retraining and uprooting his old location?

Brownback seems to think so. I've known several small businessmen that have relocated to a different area. While tax rates were a consideration, they were never the top of the list. One buddy of mine moved his shop from Minnesota and consolidated it with his other one in Florida..climate and decreased product demand were the main reasons.

Another buddy moved his small consulting firm to Dallas. Why? His wife wanted to live there. He didn't really care as long as there was an airport to fly in and out of. Taxes didn't even enter the picture. He had one employee stay in Ohio and I think the other one moved to Arizona. Lower taxes in Texas were "nice" but nowhere in the big pidcture of reasons.

I just don't see how this "tax cut" will bring in anywhere the revenue Brownback is projecting. Even states with optimal conditions could not hit the growth Kansas would need, and unless someone finds a use for tumbleweeds, chiggers, and creationists, Kanass just doesn't have the natural resources to make anyone sit up and take notice.

0

naturalist 1 year, 10 months ago

It "will create tens of thousands of new jobs." Over what period of time? I'll be running a ticker on that. We'll be lucky if it results in hundreds of new jobs.

0

Beth Bird 1 year, 10 months ago

After reading (almost) all of these comments - I really don't understand what God has to do with any of this - good or ill........

0

JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

Dave Trabert, how much do they pay you to have rotten tomatoes thrown at you? I'd like to hire you for my next BBQ.

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Sam Brownback. Turning Kansas into Somalia, one strong-arm tactic at a time.

How embarrassing.

0

Tracy Rogers 1 year, 10 months ago

DId Brownie's research figure out how many jobs will be lost and how many people will be leaving the state? If they cut a billion our of education over the next 5 years, there will be a lot of unemployed teachers and administrators leaving the state for another job.

0

Gotland 1 year, 10 months ago

"Taxation is how we as a society pay for things that we all value" That part is true. We value our lives and our freedom. Stop paying into the protection racket of government and you end up dead or in jail.

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback using the language of anti-tax extremists. What an embarrassment.

The extremists use the word "redistribute" with a very specific and negative connotation that they want to spread, the suggestion that taxation is akin to soviet-style economics.

Taxation is how we as a society pay for things that we all value and that we all use. "Redistribute" makes it sound like taxes are akin to communism.

Like I said, the language of extremists. Embarrassing.

0

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback: "“My faith is in the people of Kansas, not the government’s ability to tax and redistribute,”.

Brownback is now using the very language of the anti-tax extremists that often pollute this forum.

What an embarrassment for all Kansans.

0

Gotland 1 year, 10 months ago

HE is not cutting taxes enough. Let people keep what they earn. The less worker’s income extorted by the government mafia the better.

All the folks that survive on other’s work can leave the state. Go to California where high taxes have created a liberal paradise.

0

Gotland 1 year, 10 months ago

HE is not cutting taxes enough. Let people keep what they earn. The less worker’s income extorted by the government mafia the better.

All the folks that survive on other’s work can leave the state. Go to California where high taxes have created a liberal paradise.

0

Liberty_One 1 year, 10 months ago

observant (anonymous) says…

"I'm retiring Jan 1 2013, house is on market. I'm taking my KPERS and leaving this worthless state controlled by total GOP/Teabagging idiots. Can't afford the property tax increases coming due to brownies ignorance."

So you'd rather stick it to someone else? You want the state to steal from your neighbors, but just not you.

0

Ronnie24 1 year, 10 months ago

If Brownie lived in my shoes, this kind of crap would have never been brought up. Being disabled, and on a very low fixed income, trying to pay the bank, insurance, property tax, uti;ities, and have enough left for food, is not a fun way to live. It happens to be the way I am trying to survive. NOW, with property tax increasing..... I will have to try to sell my family home and find SOMEWHERE to go. If all of my family didnt live here I would move out of state. I am worried about them too. Middle income levels will suffer as well. So all I can say is, WAY TO GO BROWNIE, way to put your high living, rich friends, and family above MOST of the people you are supposed to govern. I didnt vote for you then, and Ill be damned if I will vote for ANY republician in any elections in the future. I heard this the other day. RINO...(Republician In Name Only.) I bet there will be more of us that will be RINO's, it the next election.

0

bigtoe 1 year, 10 months ago

Fair and balanced: Brownback signing this tax bill was 100% the right thing for Kansas and anyone who disagrees with that is 100% wrong.

0

absolutelyridiculous 1 year, 10 months ago

Round 2...I find it interesting that the philosophical academic elites, without any real world business experience, are doubting this plan. Let's see, we lost some big corporate businesses because of our current laws. Make Kansas business-friendly and it WILL create jobs. Lots of them because we have lots of hard-working, skilled labor in this state. This is a lot more than Obama's Hope and Change has produced in the last 3 years.

So happy to be here on Gilligan's Island.

0

Jayhawk1958 1 year, 10 months ago

This is a joke. When are we suppose to have these 15,000 new jobs? And what type of jobs and what will they pay?

0

absolutelyridiculous 1 year, 10 months ago

Finally! As a small biz owner, I'lll be very happy that I'm not going to be double taxed. Now I can start thinking about growing my business and getting decent health insurance for my family...Oh...and when I make more, I'll be giving more away to charities.

If you are sucking off the entitlement teet better start weaning yourself now. Trust me, you will be much better off in the long run.

0

Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 10 months ago

"It also increases the standard deduction amount for single head-of-household filers from $4,500 to $9,000, and for married taxpayers filing jointly from $6,000 to $9,000."

I do not understand why some comments are about the poor having to pay all the taxes. The above deduction is for everyone and the rest is about eliminating corp taxes. How is this making the poor pay more taxes then they do now? Typically the poor do not pay beyond payroll taxes now.

0

salad 1 year, 10 months ago

The party of: "I got mine, SCREW everyone else!" makes good on that creedo.

0

autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback’s office said “dynamic projections” show the new law will result in 22,900 new jobs, give $2 billion more in disposable income and increase population by 35,740 people.

I afraid Kim Jong Sam is lost his mind. 22,900 new jobs and all those people moving to Kansas? Delusional in the best of times. Who is going to want to move their business to a state with zero committment to culture and the arts and they allow their schools to fall apart and their treat their poor and disabled like so many serfs from feudal times? Just to save a few bucks? I don't think so. I have no problem and I am proud to pay my taxes, income and property and sales, within reason. This budget is void of reason. It is full of emotion and wishful thinking....@Dave the talking head Trabert: Hey buddy did you ever hear the phrase about "defecate in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up the quickest"? You will see a middle class backlash like a ball of fire in the next the election cycle. I wouldn't bet money on that idiot O'Neal from Hutch ever being re elected. Or bunch of those other stooges that fall into step with the Dear Leader.

0

DeckDoctors 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you Governor Brownback for bringing some common sense back to Kansas! Listen to the little piglets squeal whose government teat has been taken away! Finally another wise Governor who recalls the economic boon that Ronald Reagan gave the USA! Decrease in taxes meant phenomenal growth in tax revenue and people were hired and able to work for a decent living rather than live off the government handouts like so many in this comment thread seem to prefer. Lazy most of them, ne'er do wells who want to blame the hard working for getting ahead in the greatest nation on earth. Stop complaining because Kansas has decided to quit wasting tax revenue and slowed the growth of socialism.

0

Dan Blomgren 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback’s office said “dynamic projections” show the new law will result in 22,900 new jobs, give $2 billion more in disposable income and increase population by 35,740 people.

But people his office has done a study and just look at the results. With 35,740 new people our new library will be busier resulting in more 'late charges' for books so we have that money to look forward to also! It's all good!

0

FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

Doesn't one 'have' to actually make money in order for "tax cut", from the people in a government sanctioned money 'grab', to be felt?

"Tax cuts" bamboozle the 'menials' intentions to 'splurge' on your money. They will always deride worker bees if they do not get their money.

0

Kookamooka 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree. This was a reckless decision and he needs to be recalled. He has proven that he is INCOMPETENT to continue his term.

0

cowboy 1 year, 10 months ago

Crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome

Reagan tried it , had to raise taxes and tripled the deficit Bush tried it , put us in a depression

I am qualified to sat that this is an ideological boondoggle thrust upon Kansas by a bunch of proven failures i.e. Laffer et al

Do you morons actually think you are the only ones who pay taxes ?

0

rtwngr 1 year, 10 months ago

Not one person on this blog, including me, is qualified to say what will and what won't work. Not one person on this blog, including me, has a crystal ball that tells the future and reveals what will or what won't happen as a result of this bill. There is one thing for sure and that is over the years Kansas has continued to increase taxes, continued to spend, continued to expand government, and continued to come up short when it came time to pay for education. When you look around, businesses have left the state or won't locate here, regardless of our centrality to the country. This is all in spite of the imagined specter of the Koch brothers and all of their money.

If this doesn't work, frankly, Kansas is no worse off than where it is now. We still will be in a budget deficit and there still won't be enough money for education and all of the social "entitlements" that some think should be provided.

It it does work the state will be fiscally healthier, businesses will be attracted to our state, there will be a broader tax base and things like education will benefit.

0

cowboy 1 year, 10 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

0

Dave Trabert 1 year, 10 months ago

The billions in deficits that have been predicted in future years are significantly overstated.

The standard analysis performed by KLRD makes no allowance for the Constitutional requirement to have a balanced budget. Spending adjustments required in 2014 would have long term effects that are not accounted for in that methodology, thereby artificially inflating future deficits. KLRD also assumes that SGF spending would grow by more than $700 million over the next few years, so a lot of the predicted deficits are driven by the assumption of large spending increases.

A one-time reduction of 6.5% in FY 2013 through aggressive implementation of efficiency efforts would allow spending to increase by 1.5% annually thereafter. That one-time reduction would still have FY 2013 spending $73 million above actual FY 2011 spending.

The experience of others states shows that finding 6.5% in efficiency savings is quite feasible. When Kansas spent $5.268 billion in FY 2010, our per-resident spending was 16% higher than the states with no income tax. Had we spent at their per-resident level, we would have saved $723 million. Next year’s budget is nearly a billion dollars higher, so there is good reason to believe that at least 6.5% efficiency savings is achievable. Every one of those states have schools, Medicaid, safety nets and everything else Kansas provides. They just do it more efficiently, even in K-12 (and have comparable or in some cases, better scores).

Concerns are understandable, but a lot of the lobbying against tax reform is really objection to having government operate more efficiently.

0

cowboy 1 year, 10 months ago

Being governor requires a level of fiduciary responsibility. To intentionally gamble on bankrupting the state of Kansas is a complete failure to uphold those responsibilties.

Given the history i.e. Reagan / Bush 2 , that shows us trickle on policy is a complete failure this should be grounds for removal from office.

Impeach his sorry a$$ now !

0

Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 10 months ago

Governor Brownback signed HB2117 into law today.

Everyone wants to pay less in taxes. But this bill will put the state in a perpetual budget crisis, pushes the cost of education and other services out to local property taxes, and jeopardizes our state infrastructure. Here are some of the details:

Some tax credits and deductions would no longer be allowed, including: food sales tax rebate for low-income Kansans; adoption expenses; child and dependent care expenses; child day care expenses; disabled access expenditures; small employer health benefit plan contributions; temporary assistance to family contributors, the homestead property tax refund for renters, and the cost of long-term care insurance premiums, among others.

As the state moves into a continual budget crisis mode, state spending on schools and other services will have to be cut.

This will push property and sales taxes higher.

Even if the Governor is right and these cuts do produce 23,000 jobs, it will not be enough.

Our non-partisan legislative research department has said we would need about 500,000 jobs created to make up the lost revenue.

That’s a lot of trickle down if you ask me.

0

Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 10 months ago

TAX REFORM What does all this mean?

Those making $30,000 or more a year pay the same tax rate, whether you make $30,000 or $30 million. That benefits the richest Kansans most.

• This is a shift in wealth from low-income and middle class Kansans to business owners and corporations. Those who work for wages will be left to pick up the tab for those who will be able to avoid taxes altogether. We don’t really know what the total loss of revenue will be from the elimination of business income taxes. More than just small businesses will benefit. Many large corporations are organized as S-corporations and LLCs. For example, the Koch brothers have over 20 LLCs in Kansas. Also, those of us who live on investments could organize ourselves as LLCs and avoid taxes as well.

• This change disconnects Kansas from the federal income tax structure. Where we now start with your federal income on the Kansas return, now you will have different deductions for federal and state taxes.

0

JJE007 1 year, 10 months ago

When you want to get down...Down on the ground...Koch an us...

0

Kookamooka 1 year, 11 months ago

I hate Brownback for doing this to us. It isn't about people or jobs it's about keeping the rich rich and the Koch bros happy. We will have to move. It sucks but it's true. I will not play his game.

0

observant 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm retiring Jan 1 2013, house is on market. I'm taking my KPERS and leaving this worthless state controlled by total GOP/Teabagging idiots. Can't afford the property tax increases coming due to brownies ignorance.

0

FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

What are you doing 'Brownie?!'. I NEED other peoples money to survive! The government is my 'only' hope. My 'complex' living style requires money from those that 'have' too much money!

Koch is making his money from the 'poor' and that's not "socially justified".

0

OonlyBonly 1 year, 11 months ago

Good for Brownback. Now it's time for the politicians of Kansas to realize it's our money they're wasting and start cutting budgets to the bone!

0

commonsenseanyone 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm just happy we have a Govenor we can be proud of with his bold actions and bucking the trends of today's bloated budgets. Our last Govenor is somewhere in DC trying to figure out what the heck happened to her career. I wonder at what point when she started reading obamacare she realized she just flushed herself down the career toilet?

0

commonsenseanyone 1 year, 11 months ago

Does the state really need 6.2 billion annually to operate? I think not! Thanks Govenor Brownback, let's stop mortgaging our children's futures by maintaining these crazy budgets. Let's get to work trimming the fat.

0

verity 1 year, 11 months ago

I worked hard, saved and found the (almost) perfect house in exactly the location I wanted and having been working on fixing the house and yard so I can enjoy them in my waining years. I thought I was set for the rest of my life, hoping I could stay here until they carry me out.

Thank you, Governor Brownback, for raising my income taxes and more than likely my property taxes. Thank you for making my old age insecure when I planned and worked so hard to make it secure---while we pay for your secure retirement---which I've no doubt will be supplemented by the Kochs.

0

distant_voice 1 year, 11 months ago

We cut education to our children, cut services to our poor and disabled, but are able to cut taxes for the wealthy? The last quarter century has proven that the myth of trickle-down economics was a miserable failure. All our Governor has done is blown our budget so deeply into the red, our grandchildren won't even be able to pay it off, and nothing makes me despise our Governor more than making my grandchildren pay for the privileges of the few today.

This is one Republican who will DEFINITELY be voting Democrat in the next election.

0

James Nelson 1 year, 11 months ago

Can someone help me understand what it means for a sole proprietor to pay no tax? I always had the understanding that any income coming into a sole proprietorship was taxable to the business owner after first subtracting out all legitimate business expenses. This left over profit amounted to the business owner's personal taxable income. Are sole proprietor business owners having to pay some other form of state income tax or is there no state income tax of any kind for them to pay?

I am a retiree on fixed income and must have state income tax withheld from my retirement checks each month. Do the annually expanded income levels of many sole proprietors across Kansas completely escape state income taxes under this new tax bill? Am I to pay their taxes for them?

0

Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Reaganomics is ANTI American/ANTI employment/ANTI economic growth & NeoCon Facist

Watch Brownback give all our tax dollars to wealthy private industry and sell off democracy as the icing on the cake.

Mars was one big example then comes...... last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff!

AMC just sold out to China for a huge amount of money = where is our $47 million?

0

tbaker 1 year, 11 months ago

Tax cuts do not create "budget busters" - government spending does.

Thank goodness our state has a balanced budget amendment, so the minority leader is technically wrong. The budget cannot be busted.

Its the timeless argument between letting the people who work for and earn the money in the first place keep more of what is theirs, and the idea this money does everyone a lot more good if left up to the state to decide how to spend it.

We'll see. Lets all hope the state's economy improves. Nothing helps a poor person quite like a job does.

0

anticommunist 1 year, 11 months ago

I think Governor Brownback is right on target. We'll see how the next two years go. Kansas economy is going nowhere but up!!! Kudos to Governor Brownback. Job creation will mute the naysayers and whiners of this day.

0

JohnSickels 1 year, 11 months ago

I am the father of a special needs child. The passage of this bill increases the chance that he will end up homeless (or worse) after my wife and I pass on.

I am a mild, moderate person at heart, not given to outbursts of anger or hatred.

But I hate you, Sam Brownback, for destroying my son's future. I hate you.

0

downriverdan 1 year, 11 months ago

If I were a moderate Republican in the legislature or a Democrat I think I would resign and sit out the next two election cycles. This will take some massive tax increases to fix.

0

JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

The question is, when the hay seeds realize what they've done to themselves, will they start doing something different, or will they continue on the same path. If they don't start voting for different people I'll have to just assume that this state is no better than living in the South and abject poverty, intolerance and religious ferver are just going to the status quo going forward. Anyone here want to live in the next Mississippi? I sure as heck don't.

If things don't change in November you are a a fool if you don't actively look at alternative places to live.

0

Bob Forer 1 year, 11 months ago

As the owner of a sole proprietorship, I am delighted about the law's passing. Screw the retards. Screw the crips and old people. Screw the hungry kids. Screw education. Screw em all. Heck, with this great economy and the money I am saving on taxes, i will be able to go to Disneyland.

Its about time I had a little fun.

0

Aimee Polson 1 year, 11 months ago

It also increases the standard deduction amount for single head-of-household filers from $4,500 to $9,000, and for married taxpayers filing jointly from $6,000 to $9,000.

There is an argument against marriage right there. Get your taxes done at H&R Block, each person takes a kid, two heads of household = $18,000 deduction. Normally, I might balk at such a maneuver, but now, go for it.

0

jaychalk 1 year, 11 months ago

So if I use my 2012 income projections, I just figured out that Brownback's new tax plan actually will increase my tax liability by $100. Wow, way to help out the middle class, Sam. The savings from this plan are proportionately weighted to those who had income taxed in the higher tax brackets. But what people don't realize is that there is an offset to those rate reductions which comes in the form of disallowing losses generated from unincorporated businesses, so if you have rental real estate, for example, that is generating losses, those will no longer be allowed for Kansas income tax purposes which will increase your tax base. Depending on the amount of the losses, this may more than offset the reduction in the rates.

0

Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

pace, do you think the Campaigner in Chief will once again be the candidate who grabs the most donations from private equity firms while attacking those same firms as enemies of the people?

0

pace 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't think Blaming Obama for paying the bills Bush ran up is a valid argument to excuse Brownback to force ordinary Kansans to pay for Tax cuts designed for the wealthiest.

0

Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

One has to hand it to Brownback the way that he played the Kansas Senate. By getting the Senate to pass a rather dramatic cut, it went to the House for approval and the two bodies were not able to agree on much to salvage the budget. Brownback may have more political savvy than he was given credit for having.

So now, Brownbackistan becomes the "white lab mouse" for the Great Laffer experiment. I had thought this fallacy was dead after the Reagan's years, because there were only tax cuts the first year and increases needed to increase the budget in subsequent years. Now, Kansas will be made to either suffer or gain from this policy. In future years, Brownback will be able to reduce the State budget by simply indicating there isn't enough money for social services or the schools.

The school budget is interesting. Smaller districts are really going to suffer. They won't be able to hire new teachers without premium salaries which they can't provide. Sports will be gone so there won't be the Friday night football or basketball game. People will move out. Property prices will drop and towns will die. Oh, but corporate farms will come in and buy up the land, but the community won't exist any more.

I suppose those new urban dwellers will still vote for the Republicans because they're against Sharia law and UN Agenda 21, so they'll remain in control.

If the prospect of lowered taxes was so inviting, why did Boeing not reverse the corporate decision to move out? Why didn't Jostens not cancel their move to Tennessee? Where are those "tens of thousand" jobs going to come from? Is this just creation of jobs Brownback is talking about or is he talking about net creation of jobs? It isn't like Kansas has excessive oil revenue like Texas, gambling like Nevada or retirement income like Florida to maintain the economy when taxes are greatly lowered.

I hope for Kansas that I'm wrong, but I fear that I'm not. Maybe it is time to pull the plug and move elsewhere. I've always liked the State and the people. It's been home for decades, but I see a future where minimalist government fails to provide for the schools, the roads and the services that make a great society. Hail to the Tea Baggers, our new Conquerors!

0

Bob_Loblaw 1 year, 11 months ago

Lawrence is already in the process of going forward with the Rec Center and the new Library.....those "hard decisions" that will have to be made mentioned above are to late. They've been decided (literally as well as in some people's minds that hold the purse strings) before BB signed......so now the local schools WILL suffer for it.

0

Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

And all this time Kansas republicans thought Gov. Brownback was a republican. Now they know Brownback is in fact an impostor.

0

Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

My congratulations to workers in 16 states – from Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff! Among the 2,700 corporations cashing in on such absurd diversions of state taxes from public need to private greed are Goldman Sachs, GE, Motorola, and Procter & Gamble.

For more information – and for ways you can help stop this despicable giveaway – get the full report, entitled "Paying Taxes to the Boss." It's available at www.GoodJobsFirst.org.

>

======== A $47 million bribe that actually stunned the powers that be in KCMO. KCMO and the state of Missouri have a much larger tax base and more tax dollars. This is the type of wreckanomics spending that Brownback supported as a reckless spender in Washington D.C.

Do GOP politicians have any clue whatsoever?

When the state somehow winds up in the hole this is the big step toward selling off state services to for profit profiteers such as his friends the Koch's and Waltons(Wal-Mart) who then spend your tax dollars on:

Expensive CEO's Golden Parachutes Special Interest Campaign Contributions Shareholders Lies about science to public schools

When government sells off public schools to private industry what happens? Private industry can teach your children whatever the hell they want ..... with your tax dollars. Think radical libertarian and christian fundamentalists points of view.

0

bobberboy 1 year, 11 months ago

There he goes again mixing religion and state !! What a dopehead ! Let's all hope this clown does'nt get re-elected !

0

bd 1 year, 11 months ago

As a small buisnessman I am glad that I will be getting a tax break! I most likley will be using the money to do upgrades and take care of some deferred maintenance, in other words, spreading some money around!

Foolish socialists!!!!!

0

rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

When Obama adds $5+ trillion to the national debt in just 3 years, the left remains silent. When Kansas adds zero, zip, nada, zilch thus far to the state debt, liberals lose their collective minds. You would think the end of the world is next week. The hypocrisy is truly breathtaking.

http://usdebtclock.org/

0

average 1 year, 11 months ago

Lawrence will stumble along. It will lead to some hard decisions on supporting schools over rec centers and transit and community policing, but we've got a lot of 'nice stuff' to lose and a lot of people willing to vote for shared goals.

It's one-water-tower rural Kansas towns that get hurt the most by this. And I do mean seriously hurt. Running on the shoestring budgets they are and with the tax base they have, they have very little to cut and very little room to manuver.

Mark my words on this, this marks an acceleration point in the exodus from 95 lower-population counties to the 10 big ones (and other states).

0

KansasLiberal 1 year, 11 months ago

It took 'em almost 150 years, but the Confederacy has finally taken Kansas. We've gone from being a progressive state with common sense politicians from both parties to a backward-looking state that's been taken over by ignorant right wing extremists.

0

Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe these business owners can purchase some new machinery or equipment with this money and stability in the tax structure, and add some additional ungrateful employees?

Would be to bad if some of you moochers would actually have to go to work for a change.

0

JanM 1 year, 11 months ago

It's all down hill from here....

0

Scut Farkus 1 year, 11 months ago

963 days and I'm out of Kansas. Where is a good time machine when you really need one?

0

Steve Bunch 1 year, 11 months ago

Gotta love these faith-based initiatives.

0

whats_going_on 1 year, 11 months ago

Lets not defile the good Rock Chalk name by connecting it with Brownie. Thanks.

0

rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a great day to be a Kansan and a big win for hardworking taxpayers. Kudos to Gov. Brownback, Republicans et al for your steadfastness on these tax cuts. Despite attempts by the lazy and greedy Democrats like Paul Davis and others, good prevails over endless whining. Rock Chalk!

0

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

This is one of the most irresponsible political decisions I've seen in this state since...forever.

Vermont's looking better and better.

0

Alyosha 1 year, 11 months ago

The devil celebrates today, pleased that he duped so many into setting the stage for more and more economic misery in Kansas.

Meanwhile, Jesus weeps to see people acting in his name -- so-called Christians -- to increase the misery of the least among us.

0

somedude20 1 year, 11 months ago

It is not often that one knows the time and date of their own assault, thanks Brownie. Hey Brownster, if you are so against gay sex, why in the heck are you sticking it to me?

0

Hooligan_016 1 year, 11 months ago

Great.

If Kansas makes up $2.5 billion in economic growth, I will eat a sock. I really don't see that happening ... ever, though.

The state has already lost several major manufacturers (Boeing anyone?) and all we got in return was a candy factory :/

0

Richard Payton 1 year, 11 months ago

The new Brownback rule only the poor should pay. Trickle up and nothing comes down.

0

tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

New business opportunity. Shocks, alignments. I don't think the present businesses will be able to keep up in the next few years.

0

Alceste 1 year, 11 months ago

Quoting Country Joe and the Fish's song "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" off of their album with the same title, "WHOPEE we're all gunna die".......

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.