Daily Archives: Dec. 5, 2012

Brownback’s praise sounded, worked like endorsement

Gov. Sam Brownback issued a statement Monday congratulating the new leaders of the Kansas Legislature, saying, “The upcoming session offers us great opportunities to continue our work to grow the Kansas economy, create jobs and improve education.” His spokeswoman said, “The governor remained neutral in all of the leadership races. He endorsed no one.” But it certainly looked like an endorsement when Brownback appeared at the October fundraiser where state Sen. Susan Wagle (in photo), R-Wichita, announced her bid to be Senate president and Brownback spoke of the cancer survivor as “fabulous” and “inspiring.” It also worked like an endorsement, with Wagle capturing 23 votes to nine for Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City. As we said in our Tuesday editorial congratulating Wagle for making history by becoming the first Wichitan and first woman elected to lead the Kansas Senate, the vote confirmed that it’s a conservative new day at the Statehouse: “And it says something about the changing state that the new leaders of both chambers now come from the population centers of Sedgwick and Johnson counties.”

Tax total less than 30 years ago

People love to complain about how much their taxes are going up, but a New York Times analysis found that most Americans paid far less in total taxes – federal, state and local – in 2010 than they would have paid with the same inflation-adjusted income in 1980. Not surprisingly, households earning more than $200,000 had the largest percentage declines in total taxation as a share of income, the Times reported, while lower-income households saved little or nothing.