Update – The House was at it again last night. This time they pulled an all nighter. A “modified” tax bill was debated and finally voted on. I think the only modifications made to the bill was language to clarify that a pack of cigarettes for the sin tax included 20 cigarettes. Seriously – the biggest change was no more reduction in sales tax for food. Run to the store and stock up on Ramen and Bugles now folks – they are going to get more expensive.
The House finally voted and the total count was 3 short of the 63 needed. Weird how the night before this bill was TOTALLY unacceptable. What a difference a day and a long, long night makes. Anyhoo, the House locked it down again and turned 3 House member votes to yes. The final vote was cast by Rep. Carpenter and in the end Kansas got Carpentered.
Today, the bill goes to the Senate…..
A very sleepy Aimee
This is an update on the drama from last night. Sorry it’s has to be short and sweet, but I have something called my life to get back to and this KS tax drama is taking up far too much of my time. My roots are growing out, my laundry hasn’t been done in weeks and oy… do I need a pedicure. The problem is I can’t pull myself away from the audio feed and the Twitter hashtag #ksleg to get anything done. The only thing that has been productive in my life has been the appearance of a huge wrinkle between my eyes from my “are you freaking kidding me” face that I make every time I read a new Tweet about this mess.
Here’s the latest from last night.
A few days ago the Senate passed a tax bill that would have raised the sales tax, but dropped the sales tax on food – translation potato chips are good, but shoe sales are bad. Sin taxes would have gone up meaning smok’em if you got ’em because cigs are going to cost you more. Oh then there was that part about taxing non-profits, but not businesses.
Did I actually read the bill? Hell no. Turns out, nobody really did either, because by the time this puppy made it to the House everyone was scrambling to read the 600 million page bill in about 2.5 seconds.
The House didn’t like the bill as it was presented so they attached a trailer to the bill (insert White Trash joke here). The House voted on the trailer FIRST which makes perfect sense…(shaking head no), because the trailer would only apply if the bill passed. Nobody knew if the bill was going to pass, but they did this anyway, because in Topeka these things are rational.
The trailer passed the House – confetti and balloons fell from the ceiling! Everyone danced and rejoiced – strike that, the GOP danced and rejoiced and everyone was excited for round 2.
Round 2 – the mega-tax bill a.k.a. THE MONSTER
“This is the last train out of here,” House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, had told House Republicans earlier, before debate on a tax plan designed to fix the state’s $400 million budget deficit. “There’s not another bill coming. This is it.”
I jumped aboard the crazy train for the ride! And what a ride it was…..
The ping-pong game of speeches were thrilling. Here are some of the standout quotes – “It’s a great bill.” “It’s the best bill we are going to have.” “Did anyone even read the bill?” “I laughed, I cried, it was better than CATS.” “This bill is going to destroy KS.” “Did anyone order pizza?” *Maybe I took just a little creative liberty with these quotes.
Then the vote and they ended up 19 votes short of passing the bill.
That’s when the Capitol turned into Breakout KC http://breakoutkc.com/
They locked the doors Breakout style to see if they could force, I mean “convince” people to change their votes. Now I’m no math wiz, but even I realized that these tactics weren’t going to change the fact that they didn’t have enough votes. But math is hard. Hell bad math is why we are in this mess. I had to applaud them for their optimism. It’s like the little engine that could. but in this case the engine on the last train out never would.
Adele “Rumor Has It” says that there is a group that wants the whole thing to tank and apply S2’s 6.2% cuts across the board to force smaller government. Then there is the group that won’t vote for a tax increase, because they know their political career will be o-v-e-r. Then there is a group that wants a tax increase, but not THOSE tax increases. I guess we have many more hot summer days and nights to figure this whole thing out.
That is when I logged out and went to bed. They say sleep can help wrinkles. At this rate and with this mess, it’s going to take me hundreds of hours of sleep to fix the great divide between my eyes.
Yours for short blogs and lots of sleep,