Archive for Monday, September 10, 2012

Statehouse Live: Brownback will speak at Lied Center tonight on taxes, economy

September 10, 2012


Gov. Sam Brownback will tout his tax cuts as key to economic growth this evening at the Lied Center, and his economic team will hit the road to do the same.

Brownback is speaking at 7 p.m. as the Kansas University School of Business 2012 Anderson Chandler Lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Meanwhile, members of Brownback's Cabinet will visit seven cities on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with business owners, economic development officials and the public about the tax changes.

Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan, Labor Secretary Karin Brownless, and Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack will participate in what is being called the Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials will hold meetings in Manhattan, Norton, Hays, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Independence.

The officials will also discuss the state's latest efforts in recruiting businesses and provide an update on the Rural Opportunity Zone program.


olddognewtrix 5 years, 9 months ago

A tour of fools on apropaganda mission.


chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

If they wanted to empower small businesses, they'd make it easier for them to compete with the insurance and retirement packages offered by large businesses in order to attract high quality workers, and they'd increase the safety net available to workers and owners should the business fail. Oh, and they'd make sure schools actually educated workers and budding entrepreneurs, infrastructure was available to support transportation needs, and funding was available for those wanting to start or expand a business. You know, like the arts funding that Brownback blew off, or the ACA exchange funding that Brownback blew off, or...

But "Koch, ALEC, and Other Big Business Lobby Empowerment Tour" isn't as catchy.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

Free spech does not exist here. This is Dolph's sand box and he can change the kitty litter as he ses fit.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Consumer1 means that poor, poor Sammy doesn't have a voice and never has his wishes heard, so when the evil evil Lawrence liberals are disruptive or even slightly disagreeable tonight, it's because we're all free speech hating commies that won't give a man a chance to talk. (PS - the town hall disrupters in '09 were all total patriots. Just to clarify. )

Also a requirement - must clap in unison and say, "I do believe in faires" or the Tinkerbell myth of tax-cuts=jobs won't spring back to life.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 9 months ago

Brownback's fantasy that deep tax and spending cuts will result in increased jobs is well suited for an operatic performance at the Lied Center.

Der Zauber Economik.

aldo 5 years, 9 months ago

How about attending to hear what the man has to say first hand before deciding if it's workable or not ? Just sayin'.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

Unless he's found Steve Jobs' old reality distortion ray, I doubt there's anything he can say that's going to convince anyone with basic fact checking ability that he's got a workable plan.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

You're right. Miracle job creating monkeys could fly out of his butt any second now. And that, my friend, will be a real reason to go see his speech.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

It's actually the lumpenproletariat that would need the butt monkey assist, but I'm sure Brownback will deliver tonight.

tomatogrower 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I've been waiting for all those businesses to start relocating to Kansas and all the jobs to open. Waiting and waiting. Did I hear a moving truck? No, still waiting.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

That's what was supposed to happen with the Bush Tax cuts. Been about a decade now. My foot's gone to sleep from tapping and waiting.

headdoctor 5 years, 9 months ago

I do not like Brownback nor any part of his various monumental screw ups so far. I really do not think his plan will do anything but hurt Kansas. I will gladly speak out against the mistakes he has already made and there are plenty of opportunities to complain about on those subjects. At the same time I do not want to sink to the level the usual Obama haters do of complaining that things weren't fixed 24 hours after he took office. It doesn't matter if I like him or not. He is the current Governor and except for voting in November for those against him there is nothing I can try to do about that until he is up for reelection. I think his new tax laws are a train wreck in progress but I will not tear him a complete new one on that subject since the bulk of his new law doesn't even start to go into effect until January 2013. I hope by the time the rest of it kicks in in 2015 that he isn't still Governor and perhaps the law can be changed then to salvage what is left of Kansas economy.

Mike Ford 5 years, 9 months ago

talking nonsense to simpletons.......will our three trolls be there tonight? false and sageonpage tell us what the wizard said tommorrow.....

verity 5 years, 9 months ago

Wonder if the Phelphses will be there.

Wonder how many besides students doing a class requirement will show up.

I wonder so many things.

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