Kansas taxes http://kcur.org en Key Lawmaker Says Smaller Government A Goal Of Kansas Tax Cuts http://kcur.org/post/key-lawmaker-says-smaller-government-goal-kansas-tax-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservatives had two reasons for advocating deep cuts in state income tax rates, says one of the legislative leaders who championed them.</span></p><p>The first and most often touted by Gov. Sam Brownback was to lower taxes for business owners so that they could use the savings to create more jobs.</p><p>But a second and less talked about goal was to shrink state government by reducing tax collections and forcing legislators to cut spending, according to Senate President Susan Wagle.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:58:47 +0000 Jim McLean 57840 at http://kcur.org Cash-flow Loan Triggers Debate About Brownback’s Economic Policies http://kcur.org/post/cash-flow-loan-triggers-debate-about-brownback-s-economic-policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to ensure that it can pay its bills as it transitions from one budget year to the next.</span></p><p>That’s not unusual.</p><p>For the last 16 years, it has been standard practice for the State Finance Council to approve certificates of indebtedness, which transfer money from a fund used to collect fees and pay off bonds to the state’s general operating fund.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:45:54 +0000 Jim McLean 57628 at http://kcur.org Report Finds Kansas Tax Cuts Harm Health Preparedness http://kcur.org/post/report-finds-kansas-tax-cuts-harm-health-preparedness <p>Tax cuts in Kansas have "landed with a thud," according to the co-author of a report that criticizes the state's actions for harming public services and sapping the state's long-term economic vitality.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&amp;id=4110">The report, which was released by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,</a> says massive tax cuts enacted by Kansas lawmakers in 2012 have left the state's schools, public health departments and other public services "stuck in the recession."&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:47:40 +0000 Dan Margolies & Alex Smith 54969 at http://kcur.org How To Prepare For Tax Season And Retirement http://kcur.org/post/how-prepare-tax-season-and-retirement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tax season is upon us, so it's time to rummage through those shoe boxes of old receipts, dig up W-2 forms and file your 2013 return. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Cash Money Crew is here to guide you through the process, including changes to be aware of and tips for a smoother tax return season in 2014. Later, we discuss the changing realities of retirement and how to prepare for it.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51421 at http://kcur.org How To Prepare For Tax Season And Retirement Survey Finds Kansas Business Owners Feel Overtaxed http://kcur.org/post/survey-finds-kansas-business-owners-feel-overtaxed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas business lobby is armed with new data to convince this year’s legislature to press for lower taxes and other change.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The basis is a Kansas Chamber of Commerce commissioned survey of 300 company owners.</p><p>The December 2013 questionnaire found 57 percent of those surveyed thought they paid too much in taxes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirty-six percent thought they paid about the right amount.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:51:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49428 at http://kcur.org Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House http://kcur.org/post/governor-nixon-wins-tax-cut-fails-missouri-house <p>Debate over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax bill was fierce in the Missouri House and the governor prevailed.&nbsp;</p><p>The Republican majority was unable to muster the votes to make the $700 million tax cut into law.</p><p>The measure would have cut business taxes in half. Personal taxes would have been cut disproportionately.</p><p>Clay County Democrat Jon Carpenter called it unfair.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:39:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43484 at http://kcur.org Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park http://kcur.org/post/brownback-signs-controversial-tax-bill-overland-park <p>Kansas is “open for business," according to the enthusiastic proclamation made by Gov. Sam Brownback Thursday morning as he signed a controversial tax bill in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>The governor was referring to the impact of second year cuts in state income taxes that he and supporters claim will attract economic development to the state - enough economic development to offset expected budget shortfalls in coming years.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:20:41 +0000 Laura Ziegler 38464 at http://kcur.org Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park Kansas House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-tax-chair-responds-claims-about-tax-plan <p>The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee is responding to claims from Democrats about the tax plan passed by the Legislature last weekend. The Republican-dominated Legislature passed a bill that will cut income tax rates, but will also keep the sales tax elevated and reduce income tax deductions.</p><p>The Chair of the state Democratic Party, former revenue secretary Joan Wagnon, says legislators broke their promise to let a temporary sales tax expire, and put a bigger burden on working Kansans, amounting to a more than $750 million tax increase.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:36:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 38033 at http://kcur.org Kansas House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan Kansas Lawmakers Return To Topeka To Finish Session http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-return-topeka-finish-session <p>Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Tuesday to dive back into the contentious debate over budget and tax bills.</p><p>State Representatives and Senators were quoted &nbsp;using words like “dumbfounded” to express &nbsp;frustration that they can’t agree on either a budget or tax bill.&nbsp; Lawmakers had planned to wrap up the legislative in 80-days instead of the mandated 90-days.&nbsp; Instead, the session has run long like it has in most recent years.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:15:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37469 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Return To Topeka To Finish Session Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills http://kcur.org/post/kansas-conference-committees-negotiate-budget-tax-bills <p></p><p>The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34005 at http://kcur.org Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills