Archive for Saturday, September 15, 2012

Economy, schools

September 15, 2012


To the editor:

Most of us are aware that one requirement for good schools is a sound economic base. It’s not clear that Gov. Brownback and his advisers are aware that the converse is also true; the Kansas economy will not flourish without good schools.

As staunch defenders of the Constitution, they must be aware that the government “shall provide for intellectual, educational, vocational and scientific improvement by establishing and maintaining public schools…” Nowhere does the Constitution mandate the business interests shall be served above all others or that Kansas shall be made an optimal place for the Koch brothers and their ilk to do business and not pay taxes.

Our founding parents would presumably have seen the injustice of factory workers paying taxes while the owners pay none, if they could have imaged such an absurdity.


Joe Hyde 5 years, 8 months ago

There's no "presumably" about it: Our nation's founders would clearly see the injustice of taxing the personal income of salaried workers while letting business owners pay none.

This method of exploiting Kansas workers duplicates how England's Viceroys exploited American colonists, rendering service and riches unto their Kings.

I feel it rates mentioning, the possibility that many (if not most) small business owners did not ask for this preferential treatment; they don't want it; they are ashamed to have it imposed upon them.

And it was imposed on them, by a conservative Republican legislature that arrogated the public will and abused government power.

msezdsit 5 years, 8 months ago

The tried and true method of eliminating something the republicans don't want is to defund it. Brownback doesn't want public schools so the notion that he might be swayed by what the constitution says is just a fantasy. If he can't legislate and make laws that will serve his ideology he will defund it. The broker Kansas is the happier Brownback is.He is only interested in the constitution when he can stretch it to support his latest blow to the people of Kansas.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

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! 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.


AMC Entertainment has since been sold to Dalian Wanda Group of China.

When this tax deal was cut AMC and Cordish Co. of Baltimore were partners. As of 5/25/12 this partnership is becoming history.

As with many buyouts/mergers people lose jobs sooner of later due to the expense of purchase. Is all of the above legal as far as the $47 million tax dollar give away is concerned?

Where is the $47 million tax dollars?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

Plan B

The city and county agreed to reduce their mill levies when a bond issue was going before voters to build Free State High school according to a April 2,2001 LJW article. Mike Wildgen was city manager at that time.

If a bond issue is submitted and fails what then? USD 497 simply cannot ignore the situation any longer. This rehab work probably should have commenced 15 years ago.

An existing Plan B set to go would display fiscal and political savvy in the eyes of taxpayers. What a novel idea and one that would be respected.

How should the school district pay for a $16.5 million maintenance backlog in elementary schools? 61% over a period of time. 31% do a bond issue.

How? We must consider existing tax dollars going to the capitol outlay funds over a period of 3-5 years.

At $7.5 million USD 497 tax dollars a year in capital outlay funds this maintenance could be accomplished in 3-5 years without raising taxes or borrowing money. USD 497 2011 Facilities and Maintenance Capital Outlay Priorities suggests(?) $6,440,000 could be spent perhaps annually towards the rehab projects.

Any further spending on the PLAY sports project needs to be curtailed in order to support the rehab project. Taxpayer owned properties aka elementary school buildings cannot be neglected further.

School Priorities

One might consider including Plan B on the ballot in order to secure or lock in the Plan B. Thus preventing a different USD 497 BOD from cutting off the project. Next = Biting the Bullet

Put the USD 497 admin building on the market. Buying this building was not popular among taxpayers. What’s up with East Heights?

Selling off the new 76 acres which was purchased @ $23,000 per acre as an investment so to speak according to Scott Morgan.

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