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Should the Kansas Legislature increase the state sales tax to avoid more budget cuts?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
48% 396
No
 
47% 381
Not sure
 
3% 32
Total 809

Comments

John Hamm 5 years, 2 months ago

When will the fools learn they are bleeding residents dry? Can we raise "income" whenever we start experiencing a shortfall? LIVE WITHIN OUR BUDGET!

elvisluver 5 years, 2 months ago

I would really like to know where the Kansas lottery money goes. I wander how much the CEO, COO etc, etc make off our hard earned tax money. Greed will be the destruction of man. I recently looked on line for Kansas jobs and it's no wander our state is broke. There doesn't need to be increased taxes, just a good accountant that will assess the Kansas workers salaries.

Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years, 2 months ago

No more tax increases for anything, unless they do away with the property tax, and replace it with sales tax. It is most unfair to tax people who worked all their life to pay for their home. Thank you, Lynn

BadLlama 5 years, 2 months ago

Thanks to years of tax cutting and over spending we are in this mess. When will politicians learn that you can't do more with less? If you want to keep your community schools and quality education for your kids you're going to have a to shoulder a tax increase. Don't say "teachers need to do more with less," because frankly, they are already at bare-bones in most of the state. Get ready for big consolidations if the state doesn't fix this soon.

Left_handed 5 years, 2 months ago

Teachers can do more with less. Throwing more money at public education certainly hasn't brought forth any improvements, other than perhaps the perks that the football and basketball teams get.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 2 months ago

elvisluver (Anonymous) says… I would really like to know where the Kansas lottery money goes.


Good question. I thought it was supposed to go to education..... guess what, it's not.

BigDog 5 years, 2 months ago

The lottery money was never supposed to go toward education. For some reason that myth has been running around for years and continues.

I would like to hear where you want to get an additional $400 - $500 million in budget cuts ..... There aren't a lot of good options when the state general fund spending has been reduced already significantly over the last 2 years (from $6 billion to $5 billion)

We could stop repairing roads/highways, close courts, reduce public safety further, let convicts out of prisons sooner, close prisons, close schools, reduce services further to the poor. etc???????

w4545 5 years, 2 months ago

Come on, this is a miniscule tax. The program cuts that we will experience will certainly be FAR more of a burden than this barely noticeable alteration. I always wonder when the day will be that ideological contests of will don't trample reasonable legislation.

CLARKKENT 5 years, 2 months ago

WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE WITH OUR PERSONAL BUDGETS, WHY SHOULD'T THEY?????????????

Melissa Sigler 5 years, 2 months ago

"we all have to live with our personal budgets, why should't they?????????????"

...if your personal budget got drastically cut, would you be able to still live on it, like you live now?

Jeff Zamrzla 5 years, 2 months ago

actually - i think a luxury tax would be best. Property tax is next and sales tax is never to be used. Repealing the sales tax on food products would be almost as good. TAx the rich as they have disposable income the poor do not have at all.

rgh 5 years, 2 months ago

If everyone feels that a simple 1% sales tax would hurt Kansas you're deeply mistaken. Teachers have done more with less for several years now and it's catching up to our kids and will soon catch up to us as parents and taxpayers with rising unemployment, welfare, and judicial costs. They're getting less attention because of larger class sizes and reduced help from staff. That has a negative affect on their learning and becoming behind and in turn become harder to educate the following year when you then tell that teacher they can do more with less.

They teach ADHD, bi-polar, learning disabled, gifted, and average children in every class yet are expected to make every single one of them college material with less and less help every year. Do you realize how many times the legislature has thrown their promises right back in our faces and then some? They have backed off of promises and the constitution of Kansas for the past three years.

The arguments being posted are backward thinking. Teachers are not asking for huge raises, they are asking for a manageable size class, with enough materials to prepare for the government's (Feds) high stakes tests (State Assessments) which bring no rewards but all kinds of penalties. We simply can't teach core values and the three R's any longer thanks to the Bush Administration and his congress. Bigger is not always better.

If the argument of doing more with less is true then we should easily be able to raise sales, income, and property taxes and maintain our homes and businesses as normal without having to do less right? I'm willing to pony up now because I want my kids to have the same opportunity I had growing up in Kansas. A properly funded educational opportunity. All I had to worry about was my own ACT score to see if I got a scholarship or not. My ACT score did not jeopardize my school's future of remaining open.

Our elderly get treated like crap when many of them sacrificed their lives to keep us free. Our mothers and fathers and grandparents tried to raise us to be civil, respectful, and foresighted and are now receiving minimal health care and in some instances, very poor care. I'd like to be able and receive more than adequate care when I'm older and confined to a living facility with no say. I'd like my daily medications and not to have to lie in my own urine for hours because there are not enough people to change my bedding or get me a fresh pair of undergarments.

Wake up Kansans. We're not hillbillies (yet), we are a potentially great state with the best health care and education in the nation, but our ultra conservative thinking is blinding our idealistic views from reality. You can pay me now, or pay me later with greater negative consequences.

Sigmund 5 years, 2 months ago

mdsigler83 (Anonymous) says… "…if your personal budget got drastically cut, would you be able to still live on it, like you live now?"

Yes, and millions do every day. We don't have any other choice.

avoice 5 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps the reason why other countries are coming out of this recession so much more quickly than our country is because their governments realize that what is needed in every economy is J-O-B-S. China, for instance, realizes that they can't make "college material" out of every one of their billion+ citizens. They also realize that they can make productive workers out of almost all of their billion+ citizens. It's high time we stopped fooling ourselves that every child can become president-of-the-United-States. They can't. And they can't all be rocket scientists. Test them, separate them, educate them appropriately. Create a diverse economy that provides jobs for those with manual dexterity instead of focusing only on intellectual dexterity. Value manufacturing equally as much as services and professions. That's what we used to have here. That's what worked. Now all of that is in India and China because our children are too good for "menial labor" jobs. Let's get real.

MyName 5 years, 2 months ago

or maybe, it's because things cost less in China so they are able to work for less money. They are doing the jobs we used to do, not because of some lazy mentality, but because they are able to work cheaper. You can get 10 laborers in China for the price of one here, so we either need to work 10 times more productively, or be able to do jobs that they can't do (yet).

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