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A bad time for bad tax policy in Kansas

A bad time for bad tax policy in Kansas


Hi, I’m Clay Wirestone. You know, in
Kansas we have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to make sure that kids aren’t
falling through the cracks of our child welfare system. We have to make sure that
education is fully funded. We have to make sure that we have prison guards on
hand. We want to make sure that infrastructure is solid and supported
and that our communities are thriving. And we have to all do this after having
endured five-plus years of disinvestment and fiscal catastrophe caused by the
Brownback tax experiment. You know, thankfully lawmakers from both parties
came together in the summer of 2017 to roll back most of that law. We reformed
Kansas’s tax system, and for the first time in years, we saw state revenues go
up and we saw the ability to make investments in the things we care about
restored. That’s why it’s so discouraging — and frankly confusing — to see the Senate
taking up and passing Senate Bill 22, a piece of legislation that would hand out
giant tax breaks to the biggest corporations and to high-income earners
in the state. This bill doesn’t move us forward — this bill is a ticket backward
to the past that we have just now begun to escape.

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