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Brownback says higher sales tax needed in case state loses school finance lawsuit

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Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback continues to try to build his case for making the 6.3 percent state sales tax permanent, instead of letting it fall to 5.7 percent.

On Friday, Brownback said the state may need revenue from the higher levy in case of a ruling against the state from the Kansas Supreme Court on funding of public schools.link text

"We've got a lawsuit pending against the state right now that we have lost at the lower court on K-12 funding, and we don't know when the Supreme Court is going to rule — it's under mediation now — but I think you have got to also be also looking at that in the overall picture," Brownback said.

In 2010, facing a revenue crisis, the Legislature approved a temporary, three-year increase in the state sales tax to 6.3 percent from 5.3 percent, and then decreasing it to 5.7 percent on July 1.

Brownback wants to keep the rate at 6.3 percent, saying the revenue is needed to balance the budget. He has said in recent days that the higher sales tax is required to prevent cuts proposed by the House and Senate to higher education.

Democrats oppose extending the higher rate because they say current budget problems are the result of Brownback signing into law last year income tax cuts, which they say benefit mostly the wealthy. link text In addition, they said that Brownback wants to use future sales tax revenue to cut income taxes even more. Conservative Republicans in the House have also voiced opposition to the higher sales tax rate, saying the budget should be cut more.

But on Friday, Brownback added the issue of school funding to the mix.

In January, a three-judge panel ruled that legislators must increase spending on schools by at least $440 million. The issue is pending before the state Supreme Court.

Brownback said legislators have to consider the impact that a possible final ruling against the state would have on the budget and how the state would come up with additional revenue for schools.

"You could get yourself where you'd be in a crisis position, and I don't think that's prudent," Brownback said.

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bangaranggerg 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Doesn't bother me, I shop online with vendors where I can avoid sales tax.

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pigballin 12 months ago

A lot of libs on here talking in favor of higher taxes..Go ahead dig into your pockets instead of whining about it.

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pigballin 12 months ago

The system of judiciary needs an overhaul where judges don't have the authority to over ride state legislation unless it is unconstitutional. The school system is working fine..If there is anything lacking it is teacher quality.

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ibroke 12 months ago

the little guy needs to have some skin in the game they dont pay income taxes

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bballwizard 12 months ago

Much rather have a sales tax hike than an income tax hike.

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Dave Trabert 12 months ago

One needn't be proficient in math to know that money can only be spent once. If the sales tax is used to balance the budget, it can't also be used to pay for a lawsuit.

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Paul R Getto 12 months ago

The rich are broke and the poor must pay for it.

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kernal 12 months ago

So Brownback wants the middle class and poorer Kansans to pay for his and his cronies stupidity. Sorry, Sam, but you and your pals are the ones who gave the ridiculous tax breaks to those who bought you and yours, so go to them for the money.

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dabbindan 12 months ago

what he should say is "may need sales tax because i the legislature passed and i signed a really stupid income tax bill."

and if he was honest, he'd say "i think we shift more taxes to the poor, because earlier, we shifted more taxes to the poor."

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verity 12 months ago

Is this not a promise broken?

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Tony Kisner 12 months ago

If I recall by eliminating income taxes on llc's etc. All the extra cash from your dentist who no longer pays income tax was going to solve all our problems. What gives?

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Richard Heckler 12 months ago

Sam ALEC Brownback and his reckless big government spending is the problem. One day enough people will realize that the state GOP and the National GOP are NOT the economic giants of our time.

Why did Sam Brownback give AMC $47 million tax dollars to relocate across state lines? This is a perfect example of reckless economics practiced by people who have no idea what the hell they are doing.

Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff!

(((AMC Entertainment has since been sold to Dalian Wanda Group of China. )))

Where are the $47 million tax dollars for public education when we need them?

There are liars then there is Sam ALEC Brownback.

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JayhawkFan1985 12 months ago

Or, when ks loses the lawsuit...Brownbackward again and again and again

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cowboy 12 months ago

Brownback said legislators have to consider the impact that a possible final ruling against the state would have on the budget and how the state would come up with additional revenue for schools.

"You could get yourself where you'd be in a crisis position, and I don't think that's prudent," Brownback said.

Sam should have thought about this before his great income tax giveaway

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James Nelson 12 months ago

Rolling back the unjust income tax savings for the rich ought to produce any needed funds.

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hujiko 12 months ago

If the sales tax increase extends at its current rate beyond July 1st, then Brownback in essence will be raising taxes.

Explain yourself.

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Number_1_Grandma 12 months ago

Tell Koch Brothers Ks needs it's money back that you gave them, Sam!

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fearthephog512 12 months ago

What perhaps is most sad about this situation is that Ol' Brownie and Jeff King believe this to be an attack from the judiciary. The judges were tasked with interpreting state law that calls for a certain amount of money to be placed in schools, and when the judiciary calculated that figure, legislature considered it to be an attack. Similar to if you were being sued, judges must calculate the damages — and in this case the judges used state law to find out how much money has been kept from schools. Maybe if we didn't have such a regressive tax system, the schools wouldn't have to seek adequate funding the only way possible — through the courts.

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Nani700 12 months ago

Exactly! It would all even out if he would roll back the income tax cuts to corporations, LLC's, his wealthy buddies. Desperation I think has overcome the King. Grabbing at anything to make his case and cover his @$$. Worst. Governor. Ever.

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KansasLiberal 12 months ago

This wouldn't be an issue if Brownback hadn't lowered the state income tax.

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