March 30, 2016
Kansas is making national headlines, just not for the right reasons, say critics.
“Many states are using us as sort of a example of what not to do with tax policy,” explained Kansas Democratic lawmaker Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore. “We are the subject of late night TV shows – the butt of jokes.”
Wolfe Moore and Annie McKay with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth call Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan disastrous.
“We have been raiding highways, we have been pulling from early education and all of this to pay for a failed tax plan that will never result in growth for the state,” said McKay.
“The reality is we are in a catastrophic situation,” said the representative who represents western Wyandotte County. “Unless we change this tax plan, we are going to continue to do serious damage to schools, mental health services, highways, children’s programs, the list goes on and on.”
That’s why both parties are holding a meeting Thursday night to explain to the public why when it comes to Kansas’ tax policy, Brownback needs to change course immediately.
“The topic is Kansas’ failed tax experiment and we refer to it as an experiment because that is the phrase that was coined very early on by the governor,” said McKay. “These tax changes that were made, no other state in the country has done this, and for good reason because it is not a plan for economic success.”
Both Moore and McKay say that while the current plan has catastrophic repercussions, it can be fixed so long as taxpayers, neighbors and interested parties get involved before it’s too late.
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