Dear Governor Brownback,
The dust has settled from the largest tax hike in Kansas history and you finally spoke to the press about it yesterday. Like you, I’m trying to be optimistic about this enormous tax hike and look on the bright side. Let’s just agree to call it something besides a gigantic tax hike and come up with another word for it.
How about if we call it a voluptuous tax swell? Yes, that sounds so much better to soften this killer tax increase. It’s the largest Kansas tax swell in history.
The worst part of the swell came in the form of the sales tax increase that will impact middle-class and poor Kansans the most.
In response you said,
“I understand people are concerned about how a sales tax of 6.5 percent will affect them on a day-to-day basis, and based on consumer expenditure survey data, which estimates 45 percent of a household’s expenditures are subject to sales taxes, a household making right around $36,000 will see an annual sales tax increase of $56.35. A household making $48,000 or just under that will see an increase of $75.20,” Gov. Brownback said.
Dang that media for leaving out the rest of your quote. You know what they say about the liberal media! (wink…wink)
You went on to say…..
“Kansans will be able to easily adapt to a lifestyle of Ramen noodles and Tuna Helper with this new sales tax increase. Earlier this year when we restricted welfare recipients from activities like going to the swimming pool on government funds, we felt like we singled them out. With this new sales tax increase, now most Kansans wont’ be able to afford luxuries like swimming or going to the movies. The message is clear – we are inclusive in the state of Kansas. When one Kansan suffers – we want all Kansans to suffer.”
Glad I could be here to offer up the rest of the statement. You can always count on me.
Yours for hanging in there and riding the wave,