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Mock funeral crowd mourns ‘death’ of Kansas

June 8, 2013

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The Rev. Josh Longbottom leads a memorial service for the state of Kansas on Saturday. The event, including a funeral procession down Massachusetts Street, was a protest to Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.

The Rev. Josh Longbottom leads a memorial service for the state of Kansas on Saturday. The event, including a funeral procession down Massachusetts Street, was a protest to Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.

Laurie Ward, of Lawrence, carries a coffin over her head during a mock funeral procession for the state of Kansas.

Laurie Ward, of Lawrence, carries a coffin over her head during a mock funeral procession for the state of Kansas.

Pallbearers carry Kansas’ casket from Plymouth Congregational Church to South Park on Saturday.

Pallbearers carry Kansas’ casket from Plymouth Congregational Church to South Park on Saturday.

About 150 people, most wearing black and carrying signs, lined up two-by-two and marched south on Massachusetts Street on Saturday in a mock funeral procession for the state of Kansas.

At the helm, four men carried a casket draped with a Kansas flag and filled with handwritten condolences for the state, along with a petition asking Gov. Sam Brownback to repeal a bill that would increase the state sales tax and reduce itemized and standard income tax deductions.

Brownback has said that he will sign this bill into law with the ultimate aim of eliminating state income taxes.

Saturday’s protest of the tax policies was coordinated by local councils of MoveOn, a liberal public policy advocate group.

The crowd gathered at 3 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, at 925 Vermont St., where the Rev. Josh Longbottom started the memorial service.

“We use the liturgical rite of the funeral as a protest of recent actions by Kansas leadership and to the direction we are headed as a state,” Longbottom said. “If we continue down the path we are treading, it will surely put to death all we love about this great state.”

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.

Bill Glover, president of the Kansas State University employees association who attended the event Saturday, said that, as a state employee, he has not received a pay raise in four years. Because of the potential cuts to the higher education budget, he thinks this trend will continue.

“We have to say, ‘enough is enough,’ no matter if you have a ‘R,’ ‘D,’ or ‘I’ in front of your name,” Glover said. “The way we’re headed, I don’t know why anybody would want to move to Kansas.”

Comments

Kyle Chandler 10 months, 1 week ago

I agree, and they probably will soon. If everyone on this forum utilized the same fervor they have for posting stupid polar nonsense into action.....it might be an impactful protest. Id love to see the streets of the capital clogged with all of us simple Kansas folk, but alas.....too many are stuck in the basement of the Antique Mall.

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conlawgrad 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't understand why they would protest in Lawrence. Everybody will only look at you as the same ol' lawrence liberals. Actually drive to Topeka and do the funeral there. Have a better strategy and you might (I highly emphasize the word might) get something changed.

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purplesage 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What a circus. Not sure why they put up with a ringmaster like Josh Longbottom. This is supposed to be a church. As a few have noted, it is clearly politically active, as much so as any conservative group tryng to energize the religous right base to vote. THe Bible records Jesus as saying, "Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's," in reference to paying taxes. There's a shell game being played in Topeka as to how and from whom tax revenues will be collected. It is crazy, I know, but this is ridiculous behavior.

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EveryMan 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Pathetic, truly pathetic. Wonder if Plymouth Congregational Church had any trouble with their tax exempt status....naah, they're not tea party; conservative or pro-Israel. Oh well, maybe MoveOn will do just that and leave the rest of us alone.

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Larry Moss 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I've always disliked the progressive tax system. Some pay nothing, some get out of paying what they should and the rest of the schmucks get stuck.

I'd prefer a flat tax on income with no deductions but, will embrace the consumption tax model being developed in Kansas.

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yourworstnightmare 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I suppose it is the lot of the pitiful, ignorant Kansan that he loves his home and life, never realizing that there could be more.

I think the phrase is "being kept down on the farm". The caged bird also sings.

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smileydog 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Do the people on the left NOT watch the news? Are you living in a vacuum? Obviously you're behind a few days. The wiretapping didn't just apply to a few AP reporters. It applied to millions of Americans. Microsoft, google, facebook, apple, etc (50 companies) - those companies listed also supported Obama's election and re-election, btw. Bush may have started it, but it was Obama who massively expanded it.

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Liberty275 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"Brownback has said that he will sign this bill into law with the ultimate aim of eliminating state income taxes."

Let's get this done.

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twicker 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The next election is in 2014. I can see that a lot of people are concerned about what's happening nationally in politics, but Kansas will continue to suffer regardless of what's happening on the federal level until Brownback and his cronies are voted out.

A good many of our legislators pledged that the sales tax enacted because of the recession would expire but made it permanent in this legislative session.

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midwest_muser 10 months, 2 weeks ago

While there isn't a standup comedy bar in Lawrence there is the constant halarity provided by misguided Liberals...

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chestylion 10 months, 2 weeks ago

When is the next election for governor? I wish someone was working on a recall vote.

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friendlyjhawk 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Certainly hope that everyone commenting and all who showed put for the "funeral" vote in the next election and all the upcoming ones.

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skinny 10 months, 2 weeks ago

somebody always wantin something for nothing!

If you don't like how your job or this state is ran, LEAVE!!

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Armstrong 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I guess I would mourn the death of my revenue stream as well.

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Steven Gaudreau 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Mongo, thanks for listing Obama's accomplishments. I think you left off the wire tapping and confiscation of the media's records. Obama is the best Republican prez our country has ever witnessed.

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Mike Ford 10 months, 2 weeks ago

it's nice to hear grumbling comments since many of you probably weren't there. I was. As the son of clergy whose witnessing this country and perverse love affair with anything that screams "End of Days" and cultural dumbing down and historical amnesia it was refreshing to hear people care about the margins of society with the fervor that's existed before segments of this population came up with excuses and malarkey to malign President Obama. I love conservatives with false outrage when they make it soooo hard to get rid of bush policies.

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mongo55 10 months, 2 weeks ago

There is little difference in the two party's. Once you look at campaign lies and what that elected candidate does once in office. We are running out of time to realize this. Bushy & Obummer while equally bad in different ways are consummate liars. However they are merely puppets for the one's that actually control things. The problems we complain about cannot simply be the cause of the left or the right. Their ploy of divide the people and conquer is working wonderfully. Griping about taxes is always a popular thing to do. Urinal World why was there no mention of the Monsanto protest of their GMO's last month? You see fellow citizens when the cabal that has taken over our government to the point that it controls the news outlets you have to put squabble of small issues aside and look at the big problem. Truly when our tax dollars are used to war in other countries, bail out banks, & operate a government that has completely ignored its people, do you really think our country's deficit was reached by building roads and bridges?

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Mike Ford 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Obama has had no coup....he's working with the rules left behind by that president whose name starts with B that conservatives hide and run from. if only these conservatives would stop obstructing everything long enough to get rid of bush/cheney rules. one can't the blind elephant to move in right direction though. and the elephant says it's someone else's fault.

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Caz Snwot 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Did the Phelps clan show up to protest?

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smileydog 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It is pointless for the left to protest anymore since Obama is mounting his coup. At least the good Reverend and Moveon.org doesn't have to worry about any IRS interference - all part of the coup.

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question4u 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The funeral is unfortunately premature. Koch's disease and Chamber-of-Commerce syndrome involve a lot of suffering before the relief of death.

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Phil Minkin 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I thought there were 200-250 at the church, not as many joined the funeral march.

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George_Braziller 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I wish I had known it was happening because I would have been there to be marcher 151 in support.

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