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Lawrence sales tax questions pass overwhelmingly

A google search says that sales tax is 9.15% in Topeka and 9.05% in Lawrence. So, if that is true, you wouldn't drive to Topeka to save sales tax. Kansas City, KS sales tax is 9.125%.

November 8, 2017 at 10:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP tax plan draws partisan praise and criticism from Kansans

The GOP says this is a "jobs bill". It's similar to Brownback's failed tax experiment in cutting taxes for the rich, as 85% went to the top 201% income earners. Kansas jobs fell 9000 one year, and was behind regional job growth, income growth, and economic growth. And the loss in revenue caused 3 credit ratings downgrades.

This tax GOP tax plan adds $1.5 trillion to the debt over a decade, while the current budget proposal cuts Medicare by half a trillion, cuts Medicaid by over a trillion, to allow the wealthy to receive a huge tax break.

This GOP tax plan gives 85% of the benefits to the top income brackets. The richest 20% of Americans already have 85% of the wealth. This is just another plan to further income inequality.

Corporations have had record profits over the last decade, while wages have been stagnant over the last decade. Corporations do not need a tax cut and this plan will not further investments or increase jobs. Like in Kansas - this plan will be a tax avoidance plan when people restructure their income to be "pass-through" income.

This GOP plan may make it easier for some to file their taxes - as some deductions will no longer be allowed. But, expects are saying that this will complicate business tax filings and increase business costs to file taxes returns.

This plan eliminates the estate tax - which is currently only paid when a single person has over a $5.5 million estate, or a couple has over a $11 million estate. This will further increasing our income inequality.

Instead of this GOP tax plan, lets spend $1 trillion over the next decade for infrastructure. It would put people to work, repair out broken water systems, roads, bridges, could add high speed internet, high speed rail, and make us more competitive.

November 4, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Tax plan appalling

The richest 20% have 85% of the wealth. You want those 40% of elderly, youth, severely handicapped, war injured vets, low-income workers to pay more income taxes?

Corporations have had record profits over the last decade, while wages have been stagnant over the last decade.

The estate tax is only paid when a single person has over $5.5 million estate, and a couple has over a $11 million estate.

The GOP says this is a "jobs bill". It's similar to Brownback's failed tax experiment in cutting taxes for the rich. Kansas jobs fell 9000 one year, and was behind regional job growth.

This tax GOP tax plan adds $1.5 trillion to the debt over a decade, while the budget cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This is just another plan to further income inequality.

Instead of this GOP tax plan, lets spend $1 trillion over the next decade for infrastructure. It would put people to work, repair out broken water systems, roads, bridges, could add high speed internet, high speed rail, and make us more competitive.

November 2, 2017 at 11:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence and Douglas County officials express concerns about saltwater injection wells

8,400 gallons per day = 3,066,000 gallons per year. 3 million + gallons gives a different picture of the problem.

October 24, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County mailer drives huge increase in advance voting interest for upcoming elections

I attended the League of Women Voters Sales Tax -facts, pros and cons last night at Plymouth Congressional Church last night.
The discussion convinced me that we should pass the 3 sales tax renewals. It helps those who need help the most more than not passing them or going to property taxes to pay for these things (what we had before the sales tax and the only other way to pay for city expenses),

Passing them now allows for contracts for bus service, planning for improvements, time to apply for matching funds (you can't ask for matching funds if you don't have any to match).
I learned that many of the projects covered - bus service, infrastructure, receive the largest share from grants - but if we don't have the seed money - we can't apply for the grants.

Bus service contracts expire at the same time as the current sales tax. It can take a year of more to negotiate those contracts - meaning it's better to pass the tax renewal now, than waiting until next Nov, with just 4 months left before current tax expiration.

October 20, 2017 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU to launch massive 'Let People Vote' campaign this weekend at Lied Center

The League of Women Voters of Kansas is a participant in the Coalition to expand citizen participation.

September 29, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

People Power - Let People Vote -- 10/01/17 at 1600 Stewart Ave

Join ACLU People Power and ACLU of Kansas at our big launch event for our new voting rights campaign, Let People Vote. This event at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS will be live streamed into house parties across the country. Share this link to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to be part of this exciting event.

League of Women Voters of Kansas is a partner in the coalition and will have a voter registration and information table.

Doors open for pre-event at 5:00 pm. Join us early for some free burgers and hotdogs!
Program starts at 6:30 pm.

September 28, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith group wants Lawrence residents to vote yes on affordable housing sales tax

Joe Herynk, stop telling lies. Lawrence does not have the highest sales tax in Kansas. A quick check shows that Kansas City, Overland Park and Topeka all have higher sales taxes. That was 3 of the 4 cities that I checked.

September 26, 2017 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local group wants Lawrence residents to vote against $116M citywide sales tax renewal

The League of Women Voters remains non-partisan. The Lawrence League will host a "Hot Topic" on the pros and cons of the sale tax ballot questions on the evening of Thursday, October 19, at Plymouth Congregational Church.

September 25, 2017 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State workers at site of shooting had guards, security until Kansas' privatization push

Is it really more efficient to put a profit-making aspect to doing the government business? I'd like my taxes to be as low as possible - while still maintaining effective and efficient tax collection, business records, election data, health and human services, prisons, public safety, transportation, courts, education, environmental protection, and all the other services that we rely on for shared communities. Investment in our people and infrastructure is just that - an investment.

September 21, 2017 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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