Reduce the cost of government
Hallelujah. I finally received a refund back from my individual Kansas taxes this year. After years of reducing my exemptions from two to one to zero, and then actually having extra taken out of my paycheck and still having to dip into savings to pay Kansas taxes, I actually received some of my hard-earned money back this year. I’m happy. I trust The Eagle staff would be happy for me, too.
I should hope that the management of The Eagle and the illustrious editorial board would start to focus more on the COG factor – the cost of government. Instead of denigrating the governor and looking for ways to increase tax revenue, focus on ways to streamline and reduce the size, scope and expenditures of state government. This would help to keep more money in our pockets and help pay for an ever-increasing state pension plan and Kansas Supreme Court-coerced education increases above the estimated current $13,343 average per-pupil expenditure.
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It is amazing seeing the massive incompetence of our elected officials. It’s embarrassing to say you’re from Kansas. The ideas they are coming up with are insane.
Most working people are still digging out of the recession, due to mismanagement of the federal government. Any job growth – and more revenue for state coffers – will come only from supply and demand.
So raise taxes on the poor and the working class. Let businesses keep all their money. Five years from now, see how many jobs there are.
State lawmakers need to put everything back the way it was. They should focus on putting more money back into working people’s pockets. Then businesses will flourish, barns will be filled, and Kansas will be the model of the country.
WILLIE DEAN KING
Use casino money
I was shocked to read that the Mulvane school district had received emergency operating funding from the state (May 19 Local & State) at the same time the city of Mulvane is receiving huge sums of capital from the Kansas Star Casino. Why can’t the city leaders use part of the casino income to help educate their children? There are many small towns in Kansas struggling to fund their schools that don’t have generous casino income.
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