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Brownback defends tax cuts as necessary to grow the economy

Jean Shepherd, of Lawrence, holds a sign asking “Who would Jesus tax?” as people file into the Lied Center to hear Gov. Sam Brownback speak Monday.

Jean Shepherd, of Lawrence, holds a sign asking “Who would Jesus tax?” as people file into the Lied Center to hear Gov. Sam Brownback speak Monday.

September 10, 2012

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday told approximately 1,200 people at the Lied Center that population and job growth were his primary goals in signing into law massive tax cuts.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to an audience about Kansas’ population growth Monday at the Lied Center. The talk, which was part of the Anderson Chandler Lecture Series, focused on economic growth and tax policy in Kansas.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to an audience about Kansas’ population growth Monday at the Lied Center. The talk, which was part of the Anderson Chandler Lecture Series, focused on economic growth and tax policy in Kansas.

“I want to win our league,” Brownback said at the Kansas University School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture Series.

“We are trying to create a pro-growth environment,” said Brownback, a Republican who took office in January 2011.

Outside, a group of about 15 people from the Douglas County Democratic Party held signs that said, “Who Would Jesus Tax?” and “I’d Like a Koch To Buy the World,” a reference to the Koch brothers, leaders of the Wichita-based Koch Industries and financial backers of groups that espouse tax cuts.

Margie Wakefield, vice chair of the Douglas County Democrats, said Brownback’s tax cut “takes from the poor and gives to the rich.”

“The middle class shouldn’t have to pay for tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires,” protester Patricia Brooks said.

Earlier this year, Brownback signed into law sweeping tax cuts that will reduce state individual income tax rates and exempt the owners of nearly 200,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses from income taxes.

Brownback says the tax cuts will stimulate the economy and create jobs, but critics say the cuts are reckless and unfair, and will result in cuts to schools and other government functions. Legislative researchers say the cuts will produce a cumulative budget shortfall of $2.5 billion over the next six years.

On Monday, Brownback defended the cuts, using charts and graphs.

He said Kansas has been falling behind the region and the rest of the country in population and private sector jobs.

He said more government spending was not the answer.

“I think we have tried that, and it hasn’t worked,” Brownback said.

Brownback said when he took office, the state was facing a projected $500 million shortfall, and now state coffers have rebounded to create a $500 million ending balance. “We did it without raising taxes,” he said. Brownback did not mention the one-cent temporary state sales tax increase that his predecessor Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, pushed through that helped the rebound.

During a question and answer session, an audience member asked Brownback what cuts would have to be made to make up for the lost tax revenue.

Brownback promised to protect “core services,” which he said were public schools, Medicaid and prisons.

He said the tax cuts will produce 23,000 new jobs, give Kansans $2 billion more in disposable income and add 35,000 in population. If a downturn in the economy occurs, Brownback said he and the Legislature will deal with it, just as has been done in the past.

“We will take it as it comes, as we already have,” he said.

Michael Johnson, 54, prefaced his question with a long list of criticisms of actions by Brownback. Brownback said he understood that some don’t agree with his policies but said the best thing to do for people in need is give them an opportunity to get a job.

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 7 months ago

Check out this from a ks dept of commerce website...

http://emporiarda.org/pdf/Forbes%20rankings%20--%20News%20Release.pdf

According to this, Kansas was a great place for business BEFORE Brownback...I wonder if it will be AFTER Brownback gets done cutting taxes for his cronies and slashing services for the middle class...

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JHOK32 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes, that's what we need, less regulations & give more money to the millionaires. We don't need regulations? Really?? De-regulating the banks is what caused the second Great Depression! Repealing the Glass-Steagal Act (& similar de-regulation) is why the handful of banks that already own all of this country's wealth were allowed to bundle millions of worthless sub-prime mortgages & sell this crap on Wall Street where their buddies gave them a 4 star rating & they made $Trillions of dollars (yes that's with a "T"). Millions of good Americans have lost their jobs, homes, retirements, & savings, so these millionaire jerks were allowed to take more money away from the working class. Millions of good hard working Americans have paid with blood so these people can get even richer. They might as well just stole the money right out of the bank accounts of the middle class & deposited it in the accounts of the Wall Street millionaires because that's where it all ended up at.

Why is it that everyone blames Obama for bailing out the big banks? Do people's brains really only go back to 2009? Anyone who doesn't remember G.W.Bush getting on national TV in 2008 & pleading to Congress & the American people that we had no choice but to bail out the "Too big to fail" banks - I have a CD copy of it I'll be happy to loan to you - or you can simply google it, believe me it was Bush who signed the first $700 Billion dollar bail out bill (& the banks didn't even have to tell us - the people who paid for it - what they spent the money on! What a deal! That's really punishing them for screwing the entire national economy to the tune of $Trillions of dollars! You really showed those guys Georgie! And where were them thar darn guvment reggerlaters at to ensure that these things don't happen? Where was the SEC regulators? How many of Bush's foxes were guarding the hen houses for multiple years while all this went down? Upvote0

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Jimo 1 year, 7 months ago

In other news, Brownback defends hole in the head as necessary to expand mental capacity.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks governor, I appreciate my tax dollars back. Money in the hands of the people is far better then in the hands of government. If you libs are so mad about getting tax money back give it to me.

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

"On Monday, Brownback defended the cuts, using charts and graphs."

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http://tinyurl.com/cq9n7vd

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

RECKLESS Tax cuts = THE ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Bush Tax Cuts aka THE ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

We said we didn't want it. Most people didn't even vote for it. In survey after survey, public opinion polls rank a large tax cut as one the least desirable uses of the federal budget surplus. And Republican and Democratic leaders alike have warned the President-select that his tax cut package will never emerge whole from Congress.

But all to no avail. George W. Bush has yet to back off from the monstrous, surplus-draining tax cut proposal that was the cornerstone of his campaign. Now he's even telling us that it's for our own good: His tax cut will cure our softening economy and stave off the threat of recession by "encouraging capital formation, economic growth, and job creation." Even Alan Greenspan, chair of the Federal Reserve Board and a debt-reduction hawk, is prepared to accommodate the Bush plan.

At least one group is happy to swallow the Bush tax cut medicine—"the haves and the haves-more," as Bush referred to his supporters during a fundraiser last year. After all, it is their taxes he will cut. Together, lower income tax rates (with the biggest drop at the top) and the repeal of the estate tax account for nearly three-quarters of the Bush tax cut.

Nearly three-fifths of the total benefits of the tax cut package will go to the richest 10% of all taxpayers, and some 43% will go just to the top 1%, those who make more than $319,000 a year and showed average income of $915,000 in 1999.

But no matter what Bush says, his tax giveaway to the wealthy will not inoculate us against recession. Nor are well-to-do taxpayers suffering from over-taxation, as the Bush team insists. One thing is sure. If the Bush tax cut goes through, social programs that have already been neglected for more than two decades will continue to suffer.

Defending the Indefensible The editors of the Wall Street Journal never met a pro-rich tax cut they didn't like. And the Bush tax cut is much to their liking. Last December, they argued the case for a massive tax cut on three grounds:

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

RECKLESS Tax cuts = THE ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Bush Tax Cuts aka THE ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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lunacydetector 1 year, 7 months ago

who would Jesus tax? seriously? coming from a democratic party that doesn't want God involved?

case in point: losing my religion democratic national convention

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

"Brownback says the tax cuts will stimulate the economy and create jobs," Joke of the century. USA jobs in Communist China,Viet Nam,India and other slave wage countries come with a special USA tax break. Now isn't that just Mom and apple pie.

"Brownback says the tax cuts will stimulate the economy and create jobs," After 32 years and still reeling from two republican financial scams this is a lie.

Think about this.... Sam Brownback was there....

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts HAVE BEEN the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

This ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

This ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

This ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Sam Brownabck is one of the most deceptive people on the planet. This places him among the evil. He cannot be trusted.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

"Brownback defends tax cuts as necessary to grow the economy"

After 32 years of this nonsense one would think all in the USA would have two well paying jobs with health insurance at no additional cost.

Instead Brownback and his anti american pals bring this instead.

Sexual Fundies

Yes we are talking Gingrich,Santorum,Romney,Cain and just about every candidate the GOP has put forth. GW Bush is one. Jeb Bush also. Which provides an absolute perfect plan for the sexual fundamentalists to always win the nomination.

They talk economy,jobs, environment and new industry however these matters are irrelevant in real life to these sexual fundamentalists. In real life this powerful minority believe sex is evil and is somehow ruining the USA.

Their opposition to abortion is their backdoor approach to anti sex agenda. Which explains why they are anti contraception in spite of the fact that contraception will and does reduce abortions year after year.

Beware!

http://www.truth-out.org/its-sex-stupid/1328651002

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native_daughter 1 year, 7 months ago

Talk to a small business owner and ask them if they are going to hire more people, expand their market, or buy/sell more product because of the tax cuts. I have been asking and the answer has been a resounding "No. No. And no." Their response has been that they will be putting the money in savings because they had to spend so much of their reserves to stay afloat during the downturn.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Brownback promised to protect “core services,” which he said were public schools, Medicaid and prisons.

Prisons are a core service? This man is nuts!

He wants to shut down public schools and five more of Medicaid money to the reckless and criminal insurance industry.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

"Brownback defends tax cuts as necessary to grow the economy"

Brownback has no clue what he is talking about. This has not worked in 32 years. This is warmed over Ronald Reagan chit chat. Also known as Reaganomics the most famous failure in the world of economics.

Brownback and his friends have sponsored massive financial failures since 1980. The war for oil is among them.

Fire Sam Brownback!!! and his "cabinet"ASAP.

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hellomynameis 1 year, 7 months ago

Who would Jesus tax? He would tax Lucifer the very first radical according to Obama's mentor Saul Alinsky. Way to go Judge following the Alinsky rule!

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tbaker 1 year, 7 months ago

I would rather be living in a city crawling in entrepreneurs than one crawling in welfare recipients.

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jafs 1 year, 7 months ago

Getting a loan and opening another location for one's business is a risk, and I imagine that businesspeople (and banks) who do such things are pretty sure there will be enough demand for the goods/services, otherwise they wouldn't do them.

Of course, it's hard to predict such things.

Simply opening another location doesn't "create" any demand.

One way in which businesses do in fact manipulate demand is through advertising, which is extremely effective, unfortunately.

But, at the end of the day, demand is what drives business success/expansion/etc. whether it's been manipulated or not. No business can succeed if there's not enough demand for their products/services.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 7 months ago

Sam is a true politician. Pass a high risk, low reward tax law then start immediately covering your bases in the likely case that it fails miserably. Sorry, Sam, this one is all on your shoulders and we're not going to let you slink away from it by blaming a "poor economy".

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cheeseburger 1 year, 7 months ago

Is that fmr Judge Jean Shepherd holding the sign in the photo?

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jayhawklawrence 1 year, 7 months ago

The two best Presidents for the budget in recent memory were George HW Bush and Bill Clinton. The Republican Party hated both but they had the best impact on our economy.

Budget during the Clinton years.

Budget during the Clinton years. by jayhawklawrence

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/02/the-budget-and-deficit-under-clinton/

The right wing is so ideologically driven that they don't realize when their views are faith based and not fact based.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

Let's see. It's been about ten years since the Bush Tax cuts. Still waiting for the jobs to show up. Still waiting. Still waiting........

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Dick Sengpiehl 1 year, 7 months ago

This series by the KU Business School is ridiculous. Couple of years ago they even had Ann Coulter speak The donor for the lecture must be an extreme rightie. As the Koch brothers will attest, Kansas has the best government that money can buy.

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KANORADO 1 year, 7 months ago

Great Job Brownback. Give money back to the tax payer, the small business owner, the entrepreneur. Tax breaks are beneficial to spur growth historically, for example, when Reagan took office after the dreadful Jimmy Carter he installed tax cuts and what happened our economy started to take off. I like the way Brownback leads; he doesn't need focus groups to make popular decisions that end up making government offices going bankrupt. Now, stabilize tuition rates, get out of peoples personal lives, and focus on the economy more...

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prospector 1 year, 7 months ago

I now know the source of the giant sucking sound I heard as I drove past west campus last night.

Did he say how many millions that his "office of the repealer" has saved? Did not think so cause it is just more government for him and his minions.

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The_Twelve 1 year, 7 months ago

The fact is that Brownback could not defend his policy and had no research that said that lower taxes were THE deciding factor in changing either in- or outmigration or positive job creation. He, in fact, admitted that there are many factors involved. He has thus created policy on fuzzy facts that will permit him to claim success no matter how growth changes. Nor could he defend his policy on the grounds that he was doing something to help the unemployed or underemployed. His record of "compassion" and ongoing dialogue with these groups proves otherwise.

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ProfessorSeamus 1 year, 7 months ago

There are two problems with this "bold experiment" designed to be a "shot of adrenaline to the heart" of the Kansas economy.

First, targeted tax breaks for business in geographic areas have been tried before, and failed. "Enterprise zones" were all the rage in economic development circles in the seventies and eighties, starting in Great Britain before migrating here. The idea sounds great - pick an area and drastically reduce business taxes. This will free pent up entrepreneurial spirit and people will start opening businesses in these targeted areas. Unfortunately, the idea was a total failure (which is why you don’t hear about enterprise zones anymore). Business owners have multiple concerns to deal with – what to sell, how much to charge, health insurance, rent, etc. Taxes on profits are way down on the list. Reducing those taxes on profits has almost no measurable impact on business.

Second, employers (like LLC’s and S corps) do not pay taxes on wages – those are deductions. So, there is no reason to think a 3.5% tax reduction will increase employment - those costs were already tax free. If I own an LLC I deduct expenses, including wages paid, before I calculate my tax obligation. Since wages are already free of income tax for the employer, why do we think a tax break will cause the business to hire more employees? Those wages already were a tax break.

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

Supply-side economics/trickle down economics is a sound theory and will work....In a perfect world. The harsh reality is we do not live in a perfect world. If one telling example of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results then the Government at all levels is insane. This BS has been going on at least since Reagon and even though the economy on the surface improved at times it wasn't because of trickle down. Job creation estimates are nothing more than computer generated guesses. Garbage in, garbage out. Trickle down and tax cuts have yet to really create any real jobs but has expanded our national debt to a ridiculous level.This ongoing thought of I want, I want, but I don't want to pay for it is the ultimate crock of bat guano.

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Centerville 1 year, 7 months ago

To paraphrase James I: No God, no Jesus. Can't have it both ways.

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bobberboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Browmbacks number one priority is taking public sector jobs and giving them to his buddies the Koch Brothers. It's called robbing Paul to pay Peter ! And sticking it to the middle class to pick up the tabs.

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JonasGrumby 1 year, 7 months ago

autie:

"Thats why we have fallen to 43rd in education spending....down 746 dollars a head since '08?"

Here here! We spend thousands of dollars less per student than they do in Washington, D.C. While D.C. will turn out some of the world's best students, our kids in Kansas will fall farther and farther behind.

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JonasGrumby 1 year, 7 months ago

LarryNative:

The right-wing extremist in Congress forced Obama to extend the tax cuts for the rich. If Obama did not extend the ax cuts, the extremists were going to tax away unemployment benefits.

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JonasGrumby 1 year, 7 months ago

“Who Would Jesus Tax?”

The right-wing extremists will point out that Jesus would not tax anyone. Jesus noted that Caesar had the power to tax. But that's not the point!

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 7 months ago

Why are libs and demo's still demonizing the Bush tax cuts when Obama just extended them? Is not the current president to blame for those tax cuts now? All it would have taken is a swoosh of his pen and those tax cuts would have been history.

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JonasGrumby 1 year, 7 months ago

"Brownback is preaching Reaganomics aka Wrecknomics! It has never worked..."

The right-wing extremists will point out that supply-side economics worked doing the 1920s, 1960s, and 1980s. Of course, THIS IS NOT the 1920s, 1960s, and 1980s! We can't look to the past for solutions.

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Armen Kurdian 1 year, 7 months ago

States with high tax rates are nearing bankrupcy, especially California. States with low tax rates are doing much better than they were, like Ohio & New Jersey. The Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 helped to create millions of new jobs. That is an absolute and undisuptible fact. Reagan's tax cuts and tax reform helped create millions of new jobs as well. These were jobs above and beyond what would normally be expected from a recovery. You CANNOT tax and spend yourself into prosperity. It is fundamentally impossible. After the recession of 2001 ended and the 9/11 attacks, we started created jobs at the rate of several hundred thousand per month, reaching peaks of nearly 500K per month, and a peak GDP annualized growth rate of 8.8%. Then the housing bubble burst (for which EVERYONE is to blame, including both parties, banks, lenders, appraisers, all the way down to the guy who took out the loan he had no business applying for), and that caused massive job losses in GW Bush's last year. Those job losses had ZERO to do with the tax cuts.

Honest to goodness, you lefties really, really need to understand history. Economic success is not a first order equation of higher taxes --> higher spending --> more growth.

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Bob_Keeshan 1 year, 7 months ago

Note that Brownback is attempting to blame the inevitable budget shortfalls on a downturn in the economy.

The most optimistic budget projections, which rely on steady economic growth, project a $2.5 billion shortfall. The governor and the legislature aren't going to slash budgets because of a poor economy, they are going to have to slash budgets during a good economy because of their own poor choices.

Why can't Brownback own ALL of his tax plan? He only wants to own the tax cuts, he wants to blame the spending cuts on someone else.

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jafs 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope people aren't fooled by his promises to "protect core services", since he made those same promises while campaigning, and has already cut both education and social service funding.

In addition, he is in the process of privatizing Medicaid, which is extremely likely to wind up reducing services, and not saving the state any money, while funneling tons of money into private insurance companies.

While doing this, the state has said to those in the DD field that clients can retain their case management when the transition occurs, but now says they have no idea what the companies will do in that regard.

Since the state has the money, and is employing the companies to manage Medicaid, they could certainly include language in the contracts specifying that - apparently they aren't interested in doing so.

No other state has included DD services in their privatized Medicaid experiments - there must be a reason for that.

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travbo24 1 year, 7 months ago

23,000 new jobs and 35,000 new residents = 12,000 more unemployed people by my math every time!! Can we get rid of this guy?

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 7 months ago

Small business owners all want to expand their businesses. The idea of the tax cut to small businesses, which are mostly owned by the middle class, may use the money to open more units or expand current operations. Why are all of you against a tax cut to the middle class business owners?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

Pop 'quiz' for you Intellectually complex.

  1. Can you make more 'money' if you invest 'all' your money you have at your disposal or more 'money' if government peeps like Brownback takes half of your money before you can invest it?

  2. Can you buy more 'food', there by "stimulating" the economy, with 'all' your disposable money before Brownback takes half or more 'food' after he takes half?

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 7 months ago

Outstanding news coming from the governor. Jobs, we need jobs and we need to create a mood that brings jobs to Kansas. Most of us want to work and we don't want to be another statistic of food stamps, and Medicaid. I am part of the middle class and the only thing that matters to me is lower taxes and opportunity to do better. So many in this state think the middle class is what you deserve. If you're not willing to work for it you somehow still want those who work hard to provide that it to you. Get a job.

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Phillbert 1 year, 7 months ago

He may not have supported Romney, but he's using the same insane math as his party's nominee. You can't protect "core services" and cover a $2.5 billion shortfall. The math simply does not add up.

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Gotland 1 year, 7 months ago

THe state of Kansas is in trouble and it is not because of its tax policey. High or low taxes will not attract people to Kansas. We need to end ag. subsidies if there is to be a way forward. Free markets will revive these bleak welfare states.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

srj is on to something now. Most of these smaller business that will reap the benefit of no taxes on non wage income don't have many, if any employees in the first place. What these businesses need to grow is expanded markets..it really does help in business to have somebody want to buy your product. He will protect core services. Thats why we have fallen to 43rd in education spending....down 746 dollars a head since '08? And this next session will not be any prettier. We're going to compete globally by being 43?

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chootspa 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm disappointed to hear there were no butt monkeys at this presentation.

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

Surprise, surprise. Of course he was going to defend his plans. He wasn't going to get up in front of people and declare that he is a religious, Neoliberal nut job and that his plans for Kansas suck.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

Remember, just because business get more money due to tax cuts, it does not mean they will hire more people. You own a business to make as much money as you can, not how many people can I employ.

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Gareth 1 year, 7 months ago

We've been running on Reaganomics for 30 years, Brownie. Taxes are lower now than they've been in 50 YEARS -- so why isn't the economy growing, genius?

If only this guy knew as much about governance and economics as he does about Opus Dei Ritual and doing whatever the Koch Brothers tell him to do....

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

"Earlier this year, Brownback signed into law sweeping tax cuts that will reduce state individual income tax rates and exempt the owners of nearly 200,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses from income taxes.

Brownback says the tax cuts will stimulate the economy and create jobs, but critics say the cuts are reckless and unfair, and will result in cuts to schools and other government functions. Legislative researchers say the cuts will produce a cumulative budget shortfall of $2.5 billion over the next six years."

Brownback just wants to give more of OUR tax dollars to Corporate America the most reliable source of fraud.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Brownback is preaching Reaganomics aka Wrecknomics! It has never worked and Brownback blows tax dollars big time. He is the epitome of reckless spending.

Brownback thinks putting people out of work grows the economy = dumb economics

Brownback is only looking out for himself. He is a selfish man.

And he is dangerous because he wants a one party government just like Hitler.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Does anyone remember when Ronald Reagan was running about the country ranting…

Are you better off now, than you were 4 years ago??

Reagan asked that question, the won and by the time he and GHW Bush were finished millions upon millions were out of jobs and many had to come out of retirement because the Savings and Loan scam put their retirement money up in smoke. A lot of people lost their homes about this time. People in their 60's and older don't get hired easily.

GW Bush and Cheney pulled off a repeat performance. ......

And republicans have the gall to put forth this question? Excuse me....

How many republicans and democrats can afford another hit on real estate values or lose another job if one has been lucky enough to become employed once again?

Can anyone on the planet afford this gang of repeat offenders?

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT – Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT - BROWNBACK was there!!!!! Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers trillions of $$$, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

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question4u 1 year, 7 months ago

"If a downturn in the economy occurs, Brownback said he and the Legislature will deal with it, just as has been done in the past."

In other words slash and burn, only this time the cuts will have to be enormous. A multi-billion-dollar deficit is projected even without a downturn in the economy.

But we can trust Brownback. After all, he predicted that horseback tourism was about to "pop" in the Flint Hills. It's been great seeing all of those horse trailers with California license plates. He also predicted that other states would follow as soon as Kansas eliminated the Arts Commission. That's probably going to happen any day now. He endorsed Rick Perry in the primaries. Rick will definitely be in the oval office next year...oops. Yes, Brownback has an excellent record of predicting the future.

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deec 1 year, 7 months ago

"I want to win our league," Brownback said at the Kansas University School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture Series. "

Really? Really? So what, the state of Kansas is like a football team or something? Which league is Kansas in, anyway?

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