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Governor Not Drawing Clear Lines On Taxes

Associated Press - May 20, 2015 4:24 pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s not drawing clear lines on what he’ll accept as the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature considers backtracking on one of his major economic initiatives.

Brownback said Wednesday that such an approach is more helpful as lawmakers work on a plan for raising taxes. They must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The House Taxation Committee was working on a plan to raise the state’s sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent. But the plan also would tax some business income exempted by lawmakers in 2012.

Brownback championed the 2012 policy as an economic stimulus. It exempted the profits of 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers from income taxes.

Influential business groups want to preserve the tax break.

Keith Davis

May 21, 2015 at 5:04 am

So, I have a question for you Mr. Governor, House Members and Senate Members.
What happens next year when there is still a budget shortfall? Do you raise taxes again?
Do you pick of tobacco and gas for your mistakes and raise their taxes again?
Do you get a little intelligence and add alcohol to the tax hikes?
Do you gouge the middle class and poor?
Or,
Do you reduce spending?
Do you ask from States like Missouri that has a lot cheaper luxury taxes?
Do you start taxing big business and the rich the same as others citizens.
Do you close all the tax loopholes so everyone pays their fair share?
There’s so many more question that could be asked but in all reality I doubt that a single one of these will be addressed.

Tanya LaMastus

May 21, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Governor Brownback, Why don’t you cut your salary in half? I think that would be a good idea!!

Larry Elmquist

May 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm

in order to draw a clear line, one needs to know up from down, left from right, in from out and right from wrong.

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