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Kansas “Republicans” passed a $1.2 billion tax hike a few days ago, and afterwards, reportedly had a moment of applause for the new hike in taxes. And the majority of the taxes are going to our schools: for new AstroTurf, ball stadiums, the latest in trinkets and gadgets, all “for our kids.”
Legislators Sen. Caryn Tyson and Rep. Trevor Jacobs voted against the tax hike – thank you, guys – but the contingency of newly elected school superintendents, teachers and NEA proponents voted in by Johnson County and many other counties said yes to the hike.
Now we, the taxpayers, are looking at approximately $300 per year more in taxes on our bills. And because you may be low income, your income isn’t low enough now; the threshold went from $12,500 income per year to $5,000 income per year and you pay your fair share.
My mom was on fixed income. Before she passed away I saw how hard it was to pay bills, and she made a lot more on Social Security than $5,000. But add in medicine, insurance and basic living expenses and people are at their limits.
But, as I was talking to a friend at the Linn County Republican meeting Monday night, the silent majority that elected President Trump have gone back into their silent mode and didn’t utter a word to their legislators about the new tax hike.
Worse yet, Kansas is being used as an example nationwide on how not to run a state. I was in Topeka last week when the tax was approved and on the front page of the Topeka Capital Journal was a large headline saying it passed, and then the story that basically said it hoped Washington, D.C., took the tax hike experiment to heart since Trump is trying to cut taxes and it didn’t work in Kansas.
So we have liberal newspapers touting a huge new tax hike voted in by a liberal, moderate Legislature. And who pays for all of this? We, the not eral, but very silent majority in Kansas.
It’s a hard fight for our conservative legislators in Topeka. The word conservative is now almost a four-letter word and people wear the stamp moderate or liberal like a badge of honor.
Linn County is not exempt from the consequences of what goes on in Topeka. In Pleasanton alone, we have a new school that has a $9 million bond attached to it – with another $300 for most taxpayers added on per year. Add to that the $300 from the state and we’re looking at an additional $600 per year in taxes – thank you, schools and moderate liberals.
Further, it is estimated that the state of Kansas will be back in the red in 2020, even after a $1.2 billion tax hike, because the majority of liberals in the Legislature can’t scale back spending. We, the honorable taxpayers, will be asked to pay even more because they can’t keep the pocketbook closed.
Kansas is being run by Johnson County and the Wichita counties. We’re being run by school people who have the mentality that if XYZ district has a new school, we better have a new school so we can keep Johnny in our district and we won’t be consolidated with XYZ district.
I’m  sorry but consolidation is being forced on us by sheer inept school funding management and an out-of-control Senate and House that spend because it isn’t their money.
It is time for the silent majority to wake up again, and stay awake before it’s too late and we can’t afford to live in Kansas anymore.
Jackie Taylor
Linn County News publisher


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