"I will tell the people what's going on at the statehouse. I'm going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene. ... If businesses don't have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves." - The Valley Falls Vindicator & Oskaloosa Independent, March 3, 2016.
Across Kansas the top 1% are looting and on-the-loose, pitting us against each other. Communities in Jefferson County need to democratically prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy.
- MICHAEL CADDELL, Publisher
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tim Carpenter: GOV. SAM BROWNBACK WILL VETO BILL DRAMATICALLY RAISING INCOME TAXES PASSED BY LEGISLATURE @ Topeka Capital Journal
[Excerpt] ... “I won’t sign it and I will veto this bill,” Brownback said in a brief speech at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in Topeka. “I do ask the people in this room to help us sustain this veto. This is bad policy for Kansas. This will hurt growth in this state. At the same time the administration in Washington is moving to cut taxes, we’d be raising.”
Brownback told an audience that included dozens of current and former GOP politicians who enthusiastically cheered his veto vow that legislators who voted for the bill wrapped their arms around a punitive tax plan that retroactively raised income taxes on working Kansans. State legislators endorsing the measure ignored his request to cut spending before asking Kansans to swallow another big increase in taxation, he said. ... [End of Excerpt]
Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Bryan Lowry and Hunter Wooddall: PLAN TO FIX BUDGET THROUGH SCHOOL CUTS IMPLODES IN SENATE @ Kansas City Star
Will self-described "moderate" Rep. Ron Ellis (R-47th) step up to the tax plate?
[Excerpt] ... Asked about the collapse of the Senate plan, Brownback said that he has been primarily working with House leadership.
“You know how this works. It takes 100 different iterations,” Brownback said.
Democrats, who rarely agree with Brownback on budget issues, also support tapping those funds to get the state through the current fiscal year. For the following years, they’ve offered an alternative tax plan that would include the creation of a third income tax bracket.
Bollier said she believes there were enough votes to pass the Democrats’ plan if lawmakers had held a floor debate Thursday, but that Republican leaders opposed the idea of partnering with Democrats.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, said that he confronted Longbine about this Thursday and told him that Republicans need Democratic votes to avoid a veto from the governor on the tax plan.
“I just said, ‘Do the math. Do the math, Jeff,’ ” Hensley said.
Hensley criticized Republican leaders for trying to craft a plan through closed-door meetings rather than through public hearings. He said he hopes Thursday’s meltdown will embolden the moderates to work with Democrats.
“We’ll just have to see whether these moderates will step up,” he said. ... [End of Excerpt]
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
This link to the web page provides a link to the audio/visual when it is in section. Rep. Ron Ellis (R- 47th) is on this committee. Information included on meeting times and location; bills filed and tabled. Click here or the headline above.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
according to your Jan. 12, 2017 article, that he is among those “anxious to begin solving the problems” coming from the statehouse.
He can begin by announcing his opposition to HB 2011 which will substantially increase campaign contribution limits and allow for more unfair rigging of the election system in Kansas.
It is a rigged and corrupt system he is all too familiar with, being part of it, even before being elected to office. He used it quite ably against me during the 2016 campaign.
According to campaign papers filed with the Kansas Ethics Committee he received at least 34 campaign donations from lobbying groups, political action committees, front groups for bankers, insurance companies, polluting carbon based energy companies, WalMart and the Kansas Republican Party.
Many of these contributions were at the $500.00 limit which if HB 2011 is passed will double.
He spent $2520.28 of those donated funds reimbursing the “KSGOP, P. O. Box 4157, Topeka, Ks. 66604” for the rotten, unfair postcards sent out against me.
Rep. Ron Ellis claimed during the campaign he was such a “moderate” he could be a Democrat if it wasn’t for the abortion issue.
I suggest he’s part of the corrupting “rigged” campaign system both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump railed against during the same campaign period.
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