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Letter: Second letter?

November 8, 2012

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To the editor:

If Sam Brownback believes that he needs to advise business owners about the tax cut they will receive next year, then he also should advise another group of Kansans. He should send letters to the people who receive the food sales tax refund and advise them to plan for the end of that refund next year. They need to be aware that beginning next year they will no longer receive the annual $45 or $90 per person that they have received in the past. That may not seem like much to many of us, but if a person lives on mainly Social Security, that amount is very welcome. Brownback might want to explain, if possible, that their sacrifice will make the Kansas income tax “fairer, flatter and simpler” and will “provide a jolt of adrenaline to the heart of the Kansas economy,” according to the brochure sent to business owners as reported in the Nov. 3 Lawrence Journal-World.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

They should also send letters to all the employees of the businesses and business owners explaining that their taxes will go up in order to make up for the elimination of the taxes their employers once paid.

Catalano 2 years, 1 month ago

Which "employee" taxes will go up? Income tax rates were lowered, but the state also eliminated the food sales tax rebate (which really pisses me off!). Are you referring to property taxes (which DO get passed on to renters)?

connjac 2 years, 1 month ago

Great letter, Sue. I second the motion for a second letter

tomatogrower 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, why are these people left out? Is it because Brownback would rather they just go away? Lots of respect for your elders, right Brownie? Your old age is taken care of with your KPERS pension, and whatever Koch contributes to you. Or whatever cushy job they give you when we vote you away.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps Sam Brownback can explain to all of us the $47 million he gave to AMC Theatre as pork barrel spending which may not seem like much. Then AMC was bought by a Chinese group of investors. What a deal!

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Posted by Jim Hightower

Where is the $47 million tax dollars that belong to Kansas taxpayers?

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!

earthman 2 years, 1 month ago

Sue, I just discovered your letter in Thursday's ljw, as I was wrapping the garbage (just kidding). Good job! Maybe if we keep it up, we can persuade Kansans that S.B. is not fit to govern, let alone preside, as he so ardently desires.

Anytime I see the words 'tax,' 'flatter,' and 'fairer' in the same sentence, I know that the perpetrator is a) stupid, b) misled, and/or flat-out lying. As for 'simpler,' 5th-grade math is sufficient to calculate taxes (and the IRS will do it for you, if you can't), once you've navigated the maze of loopholes that makes a PhD insufficient.

cowboy 2 years, 1 month ago

Any dem sole prop or llc's receive this letter ? I didnt , maybe just republican businesses !

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