Archive for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kansas lawmakers worry over shortfall in sales tax revenues

August 4, 2015


— Kansas legislators are concerned about lower-than-anticipated sales tax collections by the state over the past few months.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a budget study committee's members quizzed legislative staff members Monday about possible explanations.

Possibilities they discussed included online sales, a softness in the national economy and Kansas City-area consumers driving to Missouri to make purchases.

Republican Sen. Jim Denning of Overland Park said that if collections follow current trends, sales tax revenues will fall short of expectations by between $30 million and $50 million for the fiscal year that began last month.

Legislators in June approved a plan to avert a budget deficit that increased the state's sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent. The increase took effect in July.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 9 months ago

"The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a budget study committee's members quizzed legislative staff members Monday about possible explanations.",,,,,,,,,,,,huh????

How about "Governor Brownkoch's assault on the tax system giving the billionaires huge tax benefits that the rest of us do not have?

No question here.

Andrew Dufour 2 years, 9 months ago

What makes these numbers even worse is that they represent sales tax collected in June. June should have been the month where everyone went out and made that last big purchase before taxes increased. If you were going to buy a car it made a lot more sense to buy it on June 30th than July 1. Arguably the fact that June was down is even worse than it initially appears.

Bob Reinsch 2 years, 9 months ago

Cigarette smokers are buying out of state, or at the casinos...or (gasp) maybe they decided to quit smoking?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 9 months ago

Or maybe they all decided to vape. Is that also taxed? I don't do either, so I haven't checked.

Tim Foley 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh wow, what a shock. Raise sales taxes and border residents will buy out of state; as simple as that.

Steve King 2 years, 9 months ago

If you smoke and live in KC a ten minute drive will save you $15/carton. That's worth the drive to them. the state loses all their sales tax worse the merchants of Kansas lose the sale.

Don Brennaman 2 years, 9 months ago

The headline states "worried." Not. The article states "concerned." Not again. Marching orders forthcoming.

Jason Slater 2 years, 9 months ago

Well duh! No one has ever accused Kansas lawmakers of being the smartest cookies in the jar. As my father used to say, politics is show business for the stupid and ugly. Statesmenship is a long lost art - at least in Kansas. These are guys who can't get full time jobs in the free market, so they sit around and make up silly laws and try out long proven failed economic experiments, meanwhile lying through their teeth about being for smaller government. I'd tell the last educated Kansan to turn the lights off on their way out of state, but I think the lights are already off.

Pete Nachbar 2 years, 9 months ago

Are we really surprised at this ? The Powers that be in The Govs Office and the lackeys in leadership in KS Legis have been warned for years . The blame rests with The Kochs- KS Chamber , AFP , Club for Growth etc. Paul Davis and many moderate GOP members said during the last campaign that the numbers dont add up. for Sam and His policies. Social Conservatives, Tea Party Folks , Libertarians , and Kool Aid drinkers , The blame lies with you. You reelected Sam and his lackeys in the legislature . No jobs flocking in, another credit downgrade , budget cuts to vital state services , And You refused to remove exemption on LLCs to add income . Unwilling to own up to mistakes and change You are a joke Sam , you and your sheep in legislature and the morons that continue to support you.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

We're asking the idiots that go hog wild cutting taxes that were not there to be cut.

When politicians sell out the farm what can anyone expect. These people pretending to be fiscally responsible politicians are simply dumb.

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 9 months ago

I think 50 million is a conservative estimate. Sam and minions have made Kansas non-competitive on sales taxes.

brownback won't listen to anyone but the 1%, so vote with your tax dollars!

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Not alone ..... how about his entire administration and all those spineless pretend republicans that blindly support the governor?

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in Kansas City,Missouri shopping areas.

By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. In 2015, the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 9.

Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only.

Barb Gordon 2 years, 9 months ago

My favorite time to buy computers. In Missouri.

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