Daily Archives: May 4, 2014

Open thread (May 4)


Unrealistic to think that state tax policy drives economy?

taxrevenueGov. Sam Brownback and GOP lawmakers blamed President Obama for why Kansas tax collections in April were $93 million less than projected. “There are … natural consequences for being in an ocean, in a sea, that belongs to Obama,” said Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane. Though it is silly to blame the revenue drop on Obama, it certainly is true that the Kansas economy is linked to the national and global economies. That being the case, was it unrealistic to think that Kansas’ income-tax cuts, which were relatively small compared with the larger economy, would act like “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” as Brownback promised? So far, Kansas’ economy is lagging the nation and neighboring states while personal income-tax collections are $508 million less than at this point last fiscal year.

So they said

robertsmug“Now that the Koch family is spending money to promote free markets and private enterprise, we are supposed to believe that our democracy is at risk? That is absurd.” – Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., in opposing regulations on political speech

“The motto of our elected officials is: ‘If it ain’t broke, break it.’” – Elizabeth Kinch of Derby, speaking to state lawmakers at a south-central Kansas legislative forum

“And the key phrase as I visit with my colleagues this morning? In the #ksleg, there are no fair fights.” – Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, in a Friday tweet

“I don’t care if PBS exists.” – Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, as the Legislature debated whether to eliminate state funding for Kansas public broadcasting