FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 9, 2015

Every Kansas income group would see net tax hike under latest Senate tax plan

TOPEKA – As another attempt to fix Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax experiment makes its way through the Legislature, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth today shared an analysis of Senate Sub for House Bill 2109, revealing that the plan would result in a net tax increase on every Kansas income group.

“In 2012 Governor Brownback pushed through his economic experiment with the promise of cutting taxes for all wage-earners,” said Annie McKay, Executive Director at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth. “In response to his failed experiment, the Senate is proposing a tax package that makes bad policy worse and results in an average net tax increase for every income group.”

This morning, the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found the following impact on 2015 income levels:

  • Less than $23,000: Average tax increase of $50
  • $23,000 – $42,000: Average tax increase of $160
  • $42,000 – $68,000: Average tax increase of $258
  • $68,000 – $107,000: Average tax increase of $400
  • $107,000 – $205,000: Average tax increase of $743
  • $205,000 – $493,000: Average tax increase of $1,354
  • $493,000 or more: Average tax increase of $5,366

“After months – even years – of wasting taxpayer dollars trying to fix the Brownback tax plan, it’s time to admit that it simply can’t be fixed,” said McKay. “If we want to restore our commitment to good schools, public safety, a strong infrastructure, and putting more money into Kansans’ pockets, the Brownback tax plan should be repealed and replaced with commonsense, proven tax policy that creates prosperity for everyone – businesses and families alike.”

ITEP is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on federal, state, and local tax policy issues. ITEP’s Microsimulation Tax Model allows it to measure the distributional consequences of federal and state tax laws and proposed changes in them, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis.

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Download the ITEP analysis here.

KendraEvery Kansas income group would see net tax hike under latest Senate tax plan