Liberal group to hold mock funeral for Kansas to protest Brownback’s tax measures

A mock wake and funeral for the state of Kansas will be held Saturday in Lawrence to protest Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.

The event, coordinated by the liberal group, will start with a memorial service officiated by the Rev. Josh Longbottom at 3 p.m. on the front steps of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.

At 4 p.m. there will be a Kansas coffin funeral procession from the church to South Park at 12th and Massachusetts streets.

The public is invited to attend and urged to bring signs and written condolences for the death of Kansas and to wear black.

Al Frisbee, Johnson County organizer for, said the event is being held to show opposition to Brownback’s tax policies.

“He’s giving away taxes for LLCs and S-corps and made a big old hole,” Frisbee said. “We are an experiment, a bunch of rats.”

Last year, Brownback signed into law cuts in state income tax rates and the elimination of state income taxes for the owners of partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies. Brownback has said the cuts will spur the economy.

The cuts also projected revenue shortfalls for years to come. This year, Brownback and conservative Republicans pushed through a $777 million tax increase that will boost the state sales tax and reduce itemized and standard deductions, while continuing to phase down income tax rates.

Frisbee said he wants the tax cuts from last year repealed. He said the cuts increased the tax burden on low-income and middle-income Kansans while robbing needed funds for education and social services.