Gov. Brownback Promises Veto of $2.4 Billion Income Tax Increase

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Governor Sam Brownback announced this evening that he will veto legislation that would have imposed a $2.4 billion income tax increase on Kansans over a five-year period.  The Governor’s announcement was made at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, prompting a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Substitute for House Bill 2178, passed by the House and Senate last week, … Read More

Kansas House passes $2.4 billion income tax increase

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After the November election, we said the 2017 Legislature would be defined by broken promises – either not being willing to pass the enormous tax increases to fund the vote-for-me promises or the implied promise to just raising taxes on small businesses.  Now we know that the majority of the Kansas House of Representatives intends to slap citizens with a … Read More

Kansas income tax hike rejected by citizens

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Listening to a lot of legislators, one might think their constituents are demanding that their income taxes be increased but a new market research study shows a major disconnect between Topeka and the rest of the state.   SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute between February 3 and February 8; with participation of 501 registered voters, the … Read More

Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30 but only 34 responded; some … Read More

Kansas job rank improves after tax reform

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The first three years after reducing income taxes saw the Kansas job rank improve nicely according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Over the fourteen years leading up to 2012, private sector jobs grew by 6.3 percent and that growth rate ranked #41 among the states.  But in the three years since income taxes were reduced Kansas’ growth … Read More

Kansas tax proposal endorses government favoritism

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The Kansas tax proposal in House Bill 2023 would significantly raise taxes on many Kansas small businesses and would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.   Legislators and others who support House Bill 2023 say the 2012 tax cut for partnerships, proprietorships, Sub-S corps, and LLC is a fairness issue and everyone should pay income tax.  But while the … Read More

Coverage of proposed $820 million tax hike loaded with media bias

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

News coverage of a recently-proposed $820 million tax hike in Kansas was a case study in the many ways that media bias influences public opinion.  The unions, highway contractors and others pushing the idea were not challenged on their many undocumented claims, and even though the proponents all stood to gain from higher taxes, media failed to challenge the notion that … Read More

State think tanks lead the fight for freedom

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Anyone wondering whether the Washington swamp can be drained need only look to some amazing accomplishments in the states for encouragement, where state think tanks are leading the fight for freedom.  Michigan, with a long-standing tradition of forced union membership, became a right-to-work state in 2013 after decades of efforts led by Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  This year, the … Read More

$820 million tax hike not necessary

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

An $820 million tax hike was proposed by special interest groups last week so that Kansas government can continue to operate very inefficiently and those who profit from excess government spending can grab more of your money.  That’s not how they describe it, of course; they claim that government couldn’t possibly survive without a massive tax increase, the wealthy should … Read More