View Full Version : Kansas again: dingbats never learn

David G
04-26-2018, 03:28 PM

Because - having rolled back some of Brownback's disastrous tax cuts - the state is now beginning to recover... some Republicans are calling for more tax cuts. To 'return the windfall'.


After years of budget pain and disappointing tax collections, Kansas officials are feeling more optimistic. Last year's tax increase is filling the state treasury and the economy is stronger, with revenues exceeding expectations.

Wagle and other GOP lawmakers argue that they're not attempting to cut taxes so much as "return the windfall." A bill approved by the Senate earlier this month went further, increasing the state's standard income tax deduction and several other deductions, and some lawmakers have other tax-cutting priorities, such as lowering the state's sales tax on groceries.

Reducing taxes also would undercut the Legislature's efforts to meet a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to increasing funding for public schools. Lawmakers approved a plan meant to phase in a $534 million increase over five years, but projections from their research staff this week suggested that the higher spending can't be sustained over time if lawmakers also reduce revenues.

Nor has the state fully recovered from the financial problems that followed the Brownback tax-cutting experiment. It's still siphoning funds from highway projects for general government programs and hasn't fully caught up on its annual contributions to public pensions. Many lawmakers think spending outside of education remains too tight.

"The strongest political impulse ought to be to stabilize Kansas financially," said Duane Goossen, a former budget director for both Democratic and Republican governors and a strong critic of the past tax cuts. "It's almost unbelievable to me that there's even a serious consideration in the Legislature about cutting some part of the state's revenue stream."

The debate is likely to be settled within the next 10 days. Lawmakers ended an annual spring break Thursday and returned to the Statehouse to wrap up their business for the year.

Flying Orca
04-26-2018, 03:31 PM
As our good Mr Sibley would remind us, "you ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know."

04-26-2018, 04:08 PM
Kansas’ tax receipts went into surplus the month before the tax increase went into effect. I’ve told you this, before. I sometimes listen to KQAM Wichita: their morning show is pretty good.

04-26-2018, 04:24 PM
These are true believers! Too bad that others will pay for their efforts.