By Kevin Bryant •
June 5, 2016 @ 8:58 pm
If no one is willing to pay their TAXES – just WHERE do you think the money will come form to pay for the ROADS you drive on – or the SCHOOLS your kids go to ?
And, where do you think the money for the 911 service, and the FIRE DEPARTMENT, and the POLICE, and the AMBULANCES, and the PUBLIC HOSPITALS that people NEED is going to come from ?
In 2012, Republican Governor Sam Brownback had the bright idea of signing a massive tax cut into law, with the hopes of eliminating individual income taxes completely in KANSAS (sound familiar ?)
And, as a 1st step to achieve this goal – he proposed to cut income taxes on the state’s highest earners from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent, and to “simplify” the tax brackets, and to eliminate state income taxes on most small businesses entirely (sound familiar ?) – despite the fact that it was estimated that doing so would cost the State of Kansas $800 MILLION DOLLARS in the first year.
And, despite warnings from Democratic leaders in the state legislature that moving forwards with this policy would take the state’s $600 million surplus and turn it into a $2.5 billion deficit within five years – Gov Brownback ignored these warnings and claimed that the new fiscal policy would create 23,000 jobs by 2020, and would lead to 35,000 people moving to Kansas for the jobs.
And, do you know what happened when the Republicans in Kansas went ahead and did it ?
They bankrupted the State of Kansas within 2yrs.
Kansas is now a financial DISASTER – kids had to be sent home from school without completing the school year because there was no MONEY to pay to keep the doors open… and the credit rating for the entire state went down – so when the State of Kansas has to BORROW money to pay its debts – it’s taxpayers will have to pay a MUCH higher interest rate as a result.
And the economic growth that was promised ? Kansas and Wisconsin which both have Republican Governors who enacted radical conservative fiscal policies, saw a MUCH slower growth rate than states which had Democratic Governors who enacted Democratic fiscal policies.
Conservative “Tea-Party” Republicans can “sell” their ideas any way that want to but the reality is this: Sam Brownback was WRONG. Under his leadership Kansas veered hard to the right on its tax policy, and as a result its economy has under-performed the rest of country, and the Kansas State budget is in shambles.
So, while the thought of cutting taxes SOUNDS like a good idea the 1st time you hear it – THINK about the consequences of doing so BEFORE you vote YES on it.
Because, if you gut the source of the State’s revenues by drastically cutting taxes, there will be real world consequences because those taxes pay for your ROADS & SCHOOLS & POLICE & AMBULANCES & PUBLIC HOPSPITALS – not to mention public assistance programs that take care of the elderly, the disabled, and the poor.
And, if cutting taxes the same way that Kansas did happens in South Carolina – then WHO do you think you are going to call for help if you have an accident while driving your family on one of the roads that arent being repaired, because there isnt any money left in the state budget to fix them ?
You better not reach for your cell phone to call 911 for HELP – because its TAX DOLLARS that pay for that public service, and for the ambulance that wont be coming, to take your family to the hospital who’s budget got cut back…
So, instead of reaching for your cell phone – you better reach for your bible – because only JESUS will be there to HELP you and your family when they need it most – because instead of thinking ahead to anticipate the NEEDS of the people – Republicans thought about what would save RICH people the most money.