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Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

Yes, Morgenthau wanted higher taxes instead of debt. But that doesn't change the fact that dramatic increases in government spending, in his words, didn't work.

November 19, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

There is nothing in our plan that would eliminate or reduce a service. We're showing ways to provide services at a better price. You seem to equate spending a specific amount of money to achieve a specific level of service.

November 19, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

not true

November 19, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

Who said, “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work." Hint: he also said, “I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. … And an enormous debt to boot!”

None other than FDR's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

November 19, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

Regardless of one's opinion on tax reform, legislators have a responsibility to balance the budget. Very few were willing to discuss spending adjustments.

November 19, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

There are many specifics set forth in our budget plan. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchC...

November 19, 2014 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

Kansas does need to increase revenue and/or reduce spending to balance the budget...primarily because the majority of legislators in both parties failed to reduce spending when they reduced taxes. Our budget plan shows how this can be done without any tax increases or service reductions, however. In my opinion, that means promises on services can be kept...it is about providing a service, not how much one spends to provide the service.

November 18, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas budget gaps have lawmakers mulling taxes

There is no need to raise taxes or reduce services in order the balance the budget. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

November 18, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New revenue numbers show $715 million shortfall through 2016

Thanks, Leslie. I completely understand the fear factor. That's why we've tried to emphasize an approach that balances the budget without service reductions or tax increases. KLRD estimated that freezing the planned rate reductions would have amounted to a 17% increase (paying more than planned) on those with less than $30,000 joint taxable income. Our plan avoids that also. Instead of tax increases or across-the-board spending cuts, we recommend a variety of ways to make better use of existing resources. This can be done if more people focus on solutions.

Our recommendation to legislators is to reject any agency recommendation to cut a service unless the agency says the service is no longer needed or productive. There are many ways to reduce the cost of providing service aside from personnel...and I imagine that many of the people inside the agencies know where to look.

They may not feel comfortable speaking up internally, but feel free to pass on that KPI is happy to listen to their recommendations and pass them on confidentially to legislators. Contact information is on our web site.

But even if an agency determines that services could be provided with less staff, turnover and retirements should avoid layoffs...especially if employees are allowed to move among agencies.

Let's keep the dialogue going.

November 11, 2014 at 3:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New revenue numbers show $715 million shortfall through 2016

I don't consider my time here wasted; even if most are not interested in the facts we share, some are.

November 10, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )