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Republican tax plans would increase state revenue, analyses say

The point about the "endgame" is that services will still need to be provided-streets, roads, schools, county and city workers, emergency personnel, police, etc. at local and state level. When the state declines to collect taxes and begins to cut services in so many areas of our lives as they are now, there will have to be money raised. Again, what is the logical endgame?

The exemption comment made also a what-if question. What prevents the state house from deciding to block local governments from raising property taxes if they have no other option-certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. This legislature has seen fit to get involved in all manners of things that local communities should be deciding-funny way for the party of less government to act, but it seems a lot of things being done do not make sense.

Watching the cuts and the burden shift, it will take years to fix the damage, and again, I ask-what is the endgame to all of this? Rural communities are hurting, drought is hitting farm communities hard, education which is a ladder to opportunity is being cut, cities are having to make extreme choices about who the winners and losers are as it relates to funding. The legislature and governor just keep saying it will all work out-that I'd like to see.

May 24, 2013 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republican tax plans would increase state revenue, analyses say

...better get your checkbook out for property tax increases. Wonder who will get exempted from those? But hey, I'm sure they have a logical endgame for all of this. One that keeps Kansas competitive, fiscally sound and a great place to live free. I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, descent into madness.

May 23, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Fight over taxpayer-financed lobbying ensues

There are many Kansas Legislators who are members of ALEC. Legislators receive money from companies that are members of ALEC. Hard to know how many of them pay the additional dues of $50 because the list isn't officially published. In some states, there are cases in which legislative ALEC dues have been paid with tax-payer funds, don't know if that is the case in KS.

So the question is...what are they getting and who is benefitting by putting up barriers to other groups who are trying to get input into our legislative process?

They have the keys to the kingdom, and we game them to them. It will be very hard to undo once it is done. The links below list members of the state legislature who are connected to ALEC and what involvement they have had.


ALEC claims its membership includes around 2,000 state legislators (“Public Sector Members”) and 300 corporate and corporate representatives (“Private Enterprise Members”). [19]
“Public Sector Members”
Elected legislators can join ALEC by paying a token fee of $50 a year. [20]
While the membership fee for legislators is nominal, some legislators have used taxpayer dollars to pay it. For example, in Wisconsin, open records requests revealed that 12 senators, all Republicans, had their ALEC membership dues paid by taxpayer funds.[21]
ALEC does not release the identities of its over legislative members. Some legislators tout their role in ALEC while others take a lower profile with ALEC. The Daily Kos blogger project, called Exposing ALEC, has been compiling a ALEC legislative member list, past and present, here.
ALEC’s legislative board, legislative task force co-chairs, and legislative state co-chairs are almost all from the same political party. The legislators on the Board of Directors, as of June 6, 2011, are all Republican (see here). Only one person out of a little more than 100 in these roles appears to be a Democrat, as of July 2011.

February 12, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )