Brownback’s Folly: The LLC Tax Dodge 

Brownback’s Folly: The LLC Tax Dodge 

By Rebecca Borton Among the most infamous of the lunacies that Governor Sam Brownback has foisted upon this state is the Limited Liability Company (LLC) business tax exemption. The 2012 law allows LLCs to avoid paying virtually all state income taxes on business income. Brownback’s scheme entailed replacing part of this lost revenue with projected new job growth, while severely cutting state services to balance the budget. Like other politicians who are hostile to public sector spending, Brownback’s goal all along has been to shrink the size of the state government. The reduction…Read more
School Finance Made Simple! The Local Option Budget, Equalization, and Why It’s Important

School Finance Made Simple! The Local Option Budget, Equalization, and Why It’s Important

By Brian Koon My goal is to make this as simple as possible, but it’s a complex formula.  I’ll be general rather than specific in the interest in increasing comprehension. The Local Option Budget (LOB) is money raised through locally approved taxes that go towards the local school district where those taxes are collected.  It was originally intended to be an “option”, as in, not necessary for the basic functioning of a school district.  The LOB was a supplement to allow school districts to better “personalize” their district with extras and additional programs…Read more
Food Sales Tax

Food Sales Tax

By Alex Waller Food sales taxes disproportionately burden the middle and lower class and consistently push consumers to cross state lines to buy groceries, benefitting businesses in other states while harming Kansas businesses and workers. The regressive nature of sales tax burdening is no mystery.  Because generally each person requires the same amount of food to stay alive, the cost of food per person is about the same and the regressive burden is even worse than optional items like electronics.  Based on surveys done by in a US Census Bureau, the average family…Read more
Trump Hearts RINOS

Trump Hearts RINOS

By Anne Black If you’re a RINO, this headline probably makes you squirm. Wait? What’s a RINO, you ask? Ridiculously Inappropriate and Nonsensical Oration? Relentless Instances of Narcissism and Over-combing? Reckless Insistence upon Nepotism and Oppression? Regular Interjections that are Nitwitted and Obscene? Trump-flavored acronyms are fun, but the RINOs in question here are Republicans In Name Only. And there are RINOS-o-plenty right here in Johnson County. But why would Trump love RINOS? These are well-intentioned Democrats who are just trying to “fix” the system by voting “for moderates,” right? Right, but there’s…Read more

Motion to Table Medicaid Expansion Passes 81-43

Rep. Jennings Motion to table veto override vote for Medicaid Expansion Passes 81-43. Jennings argument is that they can table the motion and do other work. If they try to vote, there will be an hours-long call of the House. Not sure when it will get picked back up. Medicaid Expansion bill is still alive, just tabled. They have 30 days to bring it back up with majority vote. Need 84 to override.Read more
April 1st- Democratic Legislative Forum: Session Update

April 1st- Democratic Legislative Forum: Session Update

April 1st Legislative Forum: Session Update 10am-12pm Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center 6200 Martway St, Mission, KS 66202 Your last chance this session to get an update from your Democratic representatives in Topeka in one forum! Come hear from your Democratic representatives to get the latest on the developments in the Kansas Legislature. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., the panel will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Join us!Read more
1st Saturday OLATHE April Monthly Meeting

1st Saturday OLATHE April Monthly Meeting

1st Saturday OLATHE April Monthly Meeting  Mi Ranchito 964 S Harrison St, Olathe, KS 66061 Breakfast starting at 8:30 Speaker at 9:00 Brett Parker, Olathe teacher and newly elected House Representative, will be our guest speaker for our next breakfast. He will be able to let us know what is going on in Topeka and how we can help him make the changes he is fighting for in Education and funding across the state. We will also have new price structure for breakfast to make this something the whole family can attend and enjoy. Kids…Read more

Veto ALERT- Medicaid Expansion NEEDS ACTION by Sen. Pat Pettey

Governor Brownback's veto is a disappointment and a disservice to Kansas. His refusal to expand Medicaid has already cost our state more than $1.7 billion in our own tax dollars. Even the Alvarez & Marsal efficiency study recommended that the Legislature make sure federal tax dollars paid by Kansans are coming back to fully fund services that can be provided to Kansans. Without Medicaid expansion, more than 150,000 working Kansans will continue to go without access to health care. These Kansans earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford…Read more