Joco Opinion


Kansas’ tax reform plan was named the worst in the nation by analysts on both the left and the right in a feature by a national magazine. Governing magazine asked two tax policy experts from nonprofit think tanks on opposite sides of the political spectrum to name the best and worst tax reform efforts in the country. Both Joe Henchman of the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation and Nick Johnson of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities cited Kansas as the worst.


“Wow! This really surprises me.” - said no one.


Note that it’s the conservative who says “Vertically, it’s beneficial to high-income taxpayers and harmful to low,” Johnson was quoted as saying on the magazine’s website. “It doesn’t do much for the middle either.” One of the governor’s goals is to get a lot of people to move to Kansas, for the beneficial tax scenario he’s proposed, primarily no personal income tax. He cites how well this works in Texas. He doesn’t cite South Dakota who also has no personal income tax. And no one is beating down their down to move there.

John Mack:

The reason people “move” to Texas is they rent some plot of concrete to establish residency for the low tax rates, then drive around the country in their motor homes. That’s all. If Brownie wants to do something similar, AND encourage green technologies, they could “rent” out the little piece of land that one of them wind turbines sit on. There are hundreds of them just waiting to be put to use.


OMG, it’s a wonderful time to be a liberal.


Gee. Who do we listen to? Brownback’s spokesperson or an actual expert in economics?? Decisions, decisions.


Let’s see...The Kansas legislature is run by Republican right wing nutjobs and people wonder why Kansas will be run into the ground.


What should really scare you is that the Kansas legislature is no longer rubberstamping Brownback’s program. It could actually be worse.


“Neutrality is a widely accepted principle that tax systems should be structured so that business decisions are made on economic merits rather than for tax reasons.” Only a journalist could believe that. Almost all business decisions have tax as a significant component. Try getting out and talking to people who do this kind of stuff.


“Almost all business decisions have tax as a significant component.” And services. Businesses live and die by services. Try getting out and talking to people who do this kind of stuff.


Not exactly sure how this relates at all to my comment, but I’m sure you feel better getting that off your chest.