Kansas: "Another GOP state going to hell"


what's the matter with kansas

This is why I adore John Dean. Well, one of 1000 reasons. His tweet about Kansas was spot on. Come to think of it, what is the matter with Kansas? Rhetorical. See: Brownback, Gov. Sam.

The New York Times' (and MSNBC's) Josh Barro has the story, a story that begins with the sentence, "Kansas has a problem." No kidding:

In April and May, the state planned to collect $651 million from personal income tax. But instead, it received only $369 million.

In 2012, Kansas lawmakers passed a large and rather unusual income tax cut. It was expected to reduce state tax revenue by more than 10 percent, and Gov. Sam Brownback said it would create “tens of thousands of jobs.”

Wait... don't tell me how this ends. Let me guess. GOP fail? Brownback fail? Republican tax cut obsession fail? All at the expense of hard-working people fail? Or people who wish they could work hard? People that voted against their own interests because they believed that Kansas Klown? All of the above?

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Barro explains how, if he were living in Kansas, his MSNBC income would be tax-free. Lotta good that would do Kansans. Please proceed, Josh:

While no state has gone as far as Kansas, four others — Missouri, Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina — have passed laws in the last decade that give some small-business owners lower tax rates than wage earners.

By creating this preference for some types of income over others, Kansas has run into at least five problems...

And then he enumerates the problems. Please link over to read the whole post, but here's one of my favorite excerpts:

The Kansas Legislative Research Department — the state-level equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — issued a memo this month saying that “it appears that some of the fiscal notes associated with various income tax law changes enacted in 2012 and 2013 were understated.” Translation: It looks as if we gave out a bigger tax cut than we thought.

To quote Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

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  • Great comment, Carla! Chock full o' facts!

  • But, but...he told us that companies would be running over each other to setup businesses in KS, literally flocking - flocking I say, to Kansas. Of since he is incapable of math, early on he was unable to keep a promise to allow 6/10th sales tax to expire. Then he manipulated other branches of government (specifically Judicial) and changed voting rules to stack the odds in his favor. He wanted to raise sales to to 23% essentially placing the largest burden/sacrifice on the poor.

    He then raided the school budget, to add to the general fund. When the courts ruled this violated the state constitution - all he did was redistribute the same dollars and cut teacher pension and their ability to negotiate (unions). The school district in Kansas is so bad and the level of services offered so non-existent - no company with half a brain would relocate or start up a business there.

    In less than 3 years, he has crushed civil rights, decimated the healthcare system and made the state laughing stock of the country.

  • Or the war in Iraq

  • Under Bush, they bragged about the tax cuts "increasing revenues," which of course explains why the USA averaged an annual increase in the debt of close to $625 BILLION during Bush's tenure. And that's not factoring the cost of the Great Recession.