December 05, 2012
What the Matter With Kansas Is

For those who wonder what would happen if the GOP had won the presidency and both houses last month, an interesting experiment is playing out right now in Kansas. It turns out that the laws of math still apply, even inside The Bubble:

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Acknowledging that the state is facing a “hard dip” in revenues, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that the Legislature should consider ways to pay for massive income tax cuts that he signed into law earlier this year…

Legislative fiscal analysts predicted the tax cuts would cost the state about $3.7 billion in revenue over five years.

Brownback and other advocates of the tax plan are banking that a short-term dip in tax revenues will eventually be replaced with revenues created by economic growth spurred by the tax cuts.

When Brownback first proposed the income tax plan in January, he did propose a number of ways to cover lost revenue, but he ran into trouble when lawmakers received a cool reception from constituents who didn’t want to give up their home mortgage interest deduction.

He also ran into a public relations problem when it was revealed that his tax plan — as originally proposed — would actually have raised taxes on people with incomes under $25,000 while lowering taxes for everyone else.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 05, 2012 10:50 AM
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Kansas is a good ole godfearing state. The people with incomes under 25.000$ will gladly pay the raised taxes. Not necessarily out of community spirit. But, I mean, what shall the do? Ask their lawyers?

And would we really want a world without rich and poor? Without war, even? Hey, just think about the arts! No dramatics any more. What would Dickens have had to write about? Would you really want to miss David Copperfield or Oliver Twist for something like "My happy days idling along"?

No shit! You would? Just in favor of equal rights and fairness?

Posted by: Peter on December 5, 2012 11:31 AM
Brownback and other advocates of the tax plan are banking that a short-term dip in tax revenues will eventually be replaced with revenues created by economic growth spurred by the tax cuts.
Uh, where are the revenues created by economic growth spurred by GW's 2001 & 2003 tax cuts, cuts that are BTW still in effect?. Posted by: darms on December 7, 2012 2:05 PM
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