Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

Gun lobby calling shots in Topeka

This week the Kansas Senate approved Senate Bill 45, which would prohibit the use of public funds to advocate for gun restrictions at the local, state or federal levels. The bill is being pushed by the National Rifle Association, the Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates. The groups are particularly annoyed that the Kansas Board of Regents has opposed efforts to allow guns on university campuses. Meanwhile, the House approved a bill that would require the state, cities, counties and townships to allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry guns in their buildings unless they have electronic equipment and officers to check for weapons at public entrances. The bill also would circumvent the Board of Regents and allow university presidents to designate employees who could carry concealed guns inside their facilities.

More doubts about low-tax claims

Another researcher is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback’s contention that lower state income taxes will be like “a shot of adrenaline to the heart” of the state’s economy. Michael Mazerov, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said that “there’s a ton of research out there that argues very strongly this will not appreciably help small businesses,” and that very few will “make a decision to hire somebody based on their tax situation.” Iowa finance experts also published “Selling Snake Oil to the States,” which concluded that there is no significant relationship between lower income taxes and growth in state gross domestic product. But the American Legislative Exchange Council contends that the critics’ research is flawed and that the tax reforms will help “grow the economic pie for everyone.”