$777 Million and $66 Million
Staring at a looming $802 million projected deficit, Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Republicans spent the past few weeks arguing about how best to raise taxes on working Kansans.
The most shocking aspect of the Republican's tax plan: it manages to raise the taxes of working and middle-class Kansans while cutting taxes for the rich.
But Kansas Republicans didn't stop there. In addition to making Kansas tax policy even more regressive, GOP lawmakers slashed $66 million in funding for Kansas universities. At a time when middle-class Kansans are struggling to afford college tuition, this short-sighted cut guarantees to only make matters worse.
In response, all Kansas universities are proposing raising tuition.
- Fort Hays State: 3%
- University of Kansas: 4.4%
- Emporia State: 6.5%
- Kansas State University: 6.7%
- Pittsburg State University: 7.5%
- Wichita State University: 8.1%
There was more to the 2013 session than just taxes and education. But no other issues will have as long-lasting and damaging impact as these two.
And no other issues better highlight what today's Kansas Republican Party is all about. Kansas Republicans raised taxes on working Kansans $777 million and cut $66 million in higher education funding to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Kansans.