Kansas To End Its Income Tax

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In 2004, liberal writer and native Kansan Thomas Frank published “What’s the matter with Kansas?”, his smugly title indictment of the intelligence of Kansans because the state had become such a reliable conservative Republican state. Yes, Kansas has inflicted the phony Kathleen Sebelius; and that is no minor infraction. But generally, Kansas has refused to bow at the altar of liberalism; and that has driven defectively wired liberals like Frank up the wall.

Now Kansas has another nasty surprise for liberals. The Sun Flower State’s Republican governor, Sam Brownback, and its legislatures (which are both lopsidedly controlled by Republicans) want to do away with the state’s income tax.  The Republicans in Kansas weren’t intimidated by Barack Obama’s victory last November. They held the reins of power and fully intend to drive the state in a manner they hope will make it a model for other states to follow.

The changes in how Kansas will be governed have already started. The Republicans provided the largest tax cut in the state’s history and handed off most of its Medicaid system to private insurers.

Brownback has cut welfare rolls, pared down the state’s own workforce, and reorganized government agencies to streamline them for maximum efficiency.  Next up is the ubiquitous pension reform that is the centerpiece of Republican-controlled state reorganization. Just for good measure, he wants to change the process of picking judges and financing state education goals.

Of course, the numbingly predictable whining from Democrats has already begun. They are crying that, “It [tax cuts] kind of eliminates a large group of Kansans out of that pursuit of happiness.”

In response, Brownback says, “I think the unique thing is that we’re applying the principles on how you get your cost down and still provide a high-quality product. That’s been in the private sector, but it hasn’t been in the public sector for 50 years.”

Brownback’s struggle for control of state spending looks a lot like Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker’s struggle to change his state’s government. And the chances are we will hear the same tired liberal complaints.

Given the extent to which conservatives control the state, the question would be “What’s the matter with Kansas?” if Brownback didn’t make these changes.    

1 comment to Kansas To End Its Income Tax

  • Elizabeth

    Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election…

    While everyone is focusing on Arizona ’s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!!

    An update from Oklahoma :

    Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values…! HB 1330

    Guess what………. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.

    Guess what………. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal's to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102

    Guess what……… Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas , Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.
    More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Carolina's, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003

    The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I'm sure that was a setback for the criminals The Liberals didn't like it — But….
    Guess what……….. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’ license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.

    By the way, the Liberals don't like any of this either

    Guess what…who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway.