BREAKING: The Kansas Legislature Has Lost Its Mind
Fifteen days over their 90-day session, lawmakers in Kansas have struggled to find a solution to their $400 million overspending problem. You would think it would be simple, cut spending by an additional 6-percent as Senator Ty Masterson has proposed. Instead, they have gone to a Conference Committee with only six legislators crafting an entirely new tax plan after several plans to raise taxes failed to gain traction in either the House or Senate.
The result of the Conference Committee thus far has been startling and a betrayal of Kansas taxpayers.
House Tax Committee Chairman, Marvin Kleeb, has made an initial offer that would result in a $2.7 billion tax increase. It would raise a multitude of taxes including the sales tax, income taxes, and an 82% increase in tobacco taxes – while adding a new, un-vetted tax on to e-cigarettes and e-liquids.
Worst of all, the Kleeb offer would effectively end the March to Zero, a plan pushed by Gov. Sam Brownback, and passed by the legislature, to phase out the state income tax using economic growth. This would be a disastrous reversal for Kansas taxpayers. Americans for Tax Reform urges lawmakers in Topeka to oppose any Conference Committee proposal that includes net tax increases or a repeal of the March to Zero.
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Those tax cuts have really worked well for (rich) Kansans. And the booming Kansas economy and massive growth in state revenues has shown how well tax cuts really do work! Great work, Kansas Republicans, you made the mess and now you are stuck cleaning it up and crying as you do it. But at least the increases in sales tax on food will, as Gov. Brownback says, bring stability to revenues as people need to eat, good times or bad. At least he rich got off cheaply.
The republican plan failed...Grover's in denile
No one is as obtuse as you without being insane. You are going to have to generate income (taxes), you cannot pinch pennies to get out of this mess.