In January, I wrote at this RedState diary about HB 2475, which would have raised the state’s portion of your sales tax in Kansas by 18% — from 5.3 cents to 6.3 cents on every dollar (this does not include local sales taxes). At my diary entry, you can read the written testimony that I submitted to committee members in opposition to the tax increase.
Good news: the tax committee voted down this bill. From Rep. Mike Kiegerl at GardnerEdge.com:
SALES TAX INCREASE REJECTED
HB 2475, the Governor’s proposed 18% increase in the sales tax, never made it out of the Taxation committee; they rejected it with a 12-7 vote against. Although I do not serve on this committee, I fully support this action at this time. Most Representatives are concerned that much of the taxpayers’ money is not being allocated as effectively and efficiently as it should be. The legislature essentially provides block grants to agencies with little or no enforceable direction on how the money is spent, even if it is technically provided for a specific purpose. We found significant financial irregularities by SRS, for example, in the recent hearings of the Children’s Issues Committee, which I Chair. And House leadership is also looking at administration, bureaucracy, and management practices of the major state agencies and programs which may have outlived their purpose to assure we get value for your tax dollars.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).