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Last night we told you about the unprecedented procedural moves by Kansas House Speaker Mike O'€™Neal and House conservatives that sent HB 2117, a massive corporate tax break bill, to Governor Brownback for his signature.

Reactions to HB 2117 from press, lawmakers and analysts statewide have painted a grim picture for the future of Kansas.

"€œWednesday'€™s tax-cut duel under the dome made it official: The legislative process in Topeka is bankrupt. Soon the state could be, too."€ Wichita Eagle, Political Thuggery, May 10, 2012

“Passage of the plan set off a firestorm of complaints that the tax package would leave gaping holes in the state budget and lead to severe cuts in services."€ Kansas City Star, Kansas House passes $3.7 billion tax-cut plan, May 10, 2012

"As the House speaker passed a tax-cut bill that promises to wreck the state’s finances, he also junked the legislative process. First O'Neal blocked any debate on the specifics of a bill so significant as to end 80 years of balanced tax policy. Then he even cut off lawmakers'€™ explanation of their votes."€ Wichita Eagle, Political Thuggery, May 10, 2012

"€œIt sends our state to hell in a handbasket. It'€™s a travesty, it'€™s just terrible tax policy." Sen. Anthony Hensley, Senate Minority Leader, Topeka

"The bill headed for his [Gov. Brownback's] desk would leave the state $2.7 billion in the red in 2017 and undermine efforts to restore state funds cut in recent years from K-12 schools and social services."€ Wichita Eagle, Political Thuggery, May 10, 2012

"€œIf you look at that kind of deficit, it would be devastating to education, to corrections, to our social services, go on down the list,"€ Sen. Steve Morris, Senate President, Hugoton

"€œThis is a story about public schools not getting their cuts restored, people dying on the waiting list because there'€™s no money, public safety at risk when we’re already shipping prisoners all over the state. This is about the people of Kansas being put at risk." Rep. Jim Ward, Wichita

So what does all this mean for Kansans?

1. Less money for education means fewer teachers and overcrowded classrooms.
2. Property and sales taxes statewide are going to go up dramatically.
3. Higher taxes make it harder for families living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet.

The impact of this reckless plan will put Kansas at risk for years to come, and does absolutely nothing to help the hard working Kansas families in our state.

HB 2117 passed yesterday afternoon on a roll call vote 64 – 59. Below is the break down of the vote.

Yeas: Alford, Arpke, Boman, Brown, Bruchman, Brunk, Burgess, Calloway, Carlson,Collins, Crum, DeGraaf, Denning, Donohoe, Fawcett, Garber, Goico, Goodman,Gordon, Gregory, Grosserode, Hayzlett, Hedke, Hermanson, Hildabrand, Hoffman, C.Holmes, M. Holmes, Howell, Huebert, Kelley, Kerschen, Kiegerl, Kinzer, Kleeb, Knox,Landwehr, Mast, McLeland, Meigs, Mesa, Montgomery, O’Brien, O’Hara, O’Neal,Osterman, Patton, Peck, Powell, Prescott, Rhoades, Rubin, Ryckman, Scapa, Schwab,Schwartz, Seiwert, Siegfreid, Smith, Suellentrop, Tyson, Vickrey, Weber, B. Wolf.

Nays: Aurand, Ballard, Bethell, Billinger, Bowers, Brookens, Burroughs, Carlin,Cassidy, Colloton, Davis, Dillmore, Feuerborn, Finney, Flaharty, Frownfelter, D.Gatewood, S. Gatewood, Gonzalez, Grange, Grant, Henderson, Henry, Hill, Hineman,Johnson, Kelly, Kuether, Lane, Loganbill, Mah, McCray-Miller, Meier, Moxley, Otto,Pauls, Peterson, Phelps, Phillips, Pottorff, Proehl, Roth, Ruiz, Schroeder, Shultz,Slattery, Sloan, Spalding, Swanson, Tietze, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Wetta, Williams,Winn, K. Wolf, Wolfe Moore, Worley.

You can look up who your representative is by clicking here, be sure to call your rep and let them know how you feel about their vote.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Reach me on twitter: @ColinCurtisKS

    by Colin Curtis on Thu May 10, 2012 at 10:35:30 AM PDT

  •  So glad I moved out of KS last year (2+ / 0-)
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    Syoho, pittie70

    I saw the handwriting on the wall and knew that Brownback would lavish his wealthy friends with tax breaks and screw everyone else in the state.  It's going to take Kansas decades to undo the damage from this nitwit.

    I moved to the Missouri side and couldn't be happier.  Everything is cheaper here, too, from gasoline to the sales tax on groceries.  Property taxes are comparable and I actually get services in return for my property taxes, such as free garbage pickup.

    I guess Brownback doesn't care if people leave the state in droves, as long as his rich buddies are looked after.  Honestly, he's more destructive than Scott Walker and that's saying something!

    you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

    by Dem Beans on Thu May 10, 2012 at 11:08:50 AM PDT

  •  Ahhhh Kansas. (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats in Kansas only hope to save the state is to facilitate the election of moderate repubs. Damned hard realization for a Kossack!

    Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

    by Syoho on Thu May 10, 2012 at 11:36:38 AM PDT

  •  What's the Matter with Kansas? (1+ / 0-)
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    Colin Curtis

    My parents someday, all four Grandparents, six Great-Grandparents, and four Great-Great Grandparents are buried in Kansas and from afar in Wisconsin I am appalled at events unfolding there.  My parents met at Kansas University and my sister was born in Lawrence.  

    Lawrence, El Dorado, Junction City, Wichita, Little River, Hutchinson, Hays, Emporia, Lyons, McPherson, Tecumseh, Inman, Plainville, Burlington,and Fowler are the cities I recall my family has or does live in Kansas.  I likely missed several, lol.  I am a distant cousin of former Rep. Nancy Palmer Boyda via a g-g-g grandfather.  So my ties to Kansas are strong.  Scott Walker wants to do to us what Sam Brownback is doing to Kansas.

    It is no longer the GOP of Dole and Nancy Landon Kassebaum that's for certain.  I saw recent polling of Kansas that found only 14% of the state self-identifies as Liberal.   No state has been hurt more by the Koch family than Kansas.  

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Thu May 10, 2012 at 04:35:17 PM PDT

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