Please continue to drink & smoke

Who knew it would come to this? Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has put forward a plan to raise taxes. In a very minimal sort of way, but an increase none the less. It will begin to address the revenue shortfalls he created in last year's budget. Will North Carolina learn from his mistakes??

Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday.

Brownback presented detailed recommendations to the GOP-dominated Legislature for eliminating projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current budget and for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He also presented a spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning in July 2016 designed to leave the state with some cash reserves.

The state's budget problems arose after lawmakers aggressively cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging to stimulate the economy. Brownback's budget-balancing plans would make those reductions more gradual, without abandoning his long-term goal of eliminating income taxes.

As most of this extra revenue will come from "sin" taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, he must have faith in the ability of his fellow Kansans to continue to sin. Let's hope they all have good health care!



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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014