3/8/2019 - House: Final Action - Passed as amended; Yea: 76 Nay: 43
3/1/2019 - House Adjourned until March 6 - SB 22 Expected to be taken up after break.
2/25/2019 - From the Topeka Capital Journal: A Kansas House committee blessed a $200 million tax reform bill Monday beneficial to corporations and individuals eager to claim pieces of a federal tax windfall and whittles down the statewide sales tax on food and imposes a sales tax on internet transactions.
ACT NOW AGAINST KANSAS SB 22
We have been hearing quite a bit from our representatives how vital our engagement is to their work; just this week one commented publicly that legislators aren't moved to work on legislation until we pounce on them about an issue. TODAY is a day to call and write! You can't be shy, or claim no time (we promise it's less than five minutes) or forget to tell your neighbor to do the same!!
The Senate passed SB22 (26-14) last week, after Senate President Susan Wagle (R-District 30) pushed this reckless tax break through committee. She has framed this bill as a return of money to middle class Kansans that the state never sought.
Don't be fooled. This bill actually seeks to undo Federal action and is unlikely to improve the lot of any Kansan earning less than $50,000. (Just look to the estimated numbers from the bill’s proponents — only the wealthiest individual Kansans would receive any return). The bulk of the benefit — $137 million — would go to multi-national corporations with a presence in Kansas that held their money overseas and want to continue to avoid paying taxes here.
ELECTIONS DO COUNT
Governor Laura Kelly sold herself as a principled, disciplined problem solver whose experience would leverage long held relationships to prioritize the state's lingering challenges. And we voted for her with that hope. Her first priority is to shore up a Constitutional school funding plan. Her budget also looked to prioritize and address the many pressing needs created over the last eight years of failed tax policy. It wasn't just our schools that were profoundly hurt by Brownback's experiment! Teachers, our most vulnerable populations (elders, children, & disabled), retirees, prisons and vital transportation infrastructure have taken hit after hit. Brownback's tax experiment really did cause vast damage.
So it's discouraging to hear the Senate and House leadership question the Governor's mandate. Instead of working to find the common sense solutions we elected them to work on, they're set to pass yet another reckless tax cut that aims to shift wealth from everyday workers, teachers, and retirees in Kansas to privileged executives and multinational corporations.
The clear intention of both Senator Wagle and House Speaker Ron Ryckman is to tie the hands of the new governor and limit our options before the budget-makers can more permanently address and add to the fiscal repairs the Legislature itself started in 2017.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
SB22 is set to be heard in the Taxation Committee Monday afternoon at 3:30pm (live audio stream). It will likely pass out for a vote in the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday.
We need to flood the Capitol with our calls, emails and social media creativity.
Let your legislators know that you don't want to hand a big fat tax cut to KS corporations! The full House Tax Committee can be found here. Click on each member's name to see their email and phone number. Write the chair, and CC your legislator -- or write the whole committee! But don't delay. Spread the word.
For more perspective/information:
A recent KCStar editorial Kansas Center for Economic Growth is a wonderful resource generally.
Here's more help on SB22:
The bill is set to be in the Taxation Committee tomorrow afternoon (Monday 3:30pm) and to likely pass out to be heard by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday. Here's who is on the committee.
Tell your Kansas State Rep That You Won't Tolerate Irresponsible Tax Cuts.
The Kansas Senate passed SB 22, an irresponsible tax cut that purports to be returning money to the people, but overwhelmingly benefits corporations and wealthy filers.
What you can do: Look up how your State Senator voted, and let them know you care by sending them a note to thank them for their Nay vote, or tell them that their Aye vote was a vote against the best interest of most Kansans. Also, it's not too early to let your State Representative hear from you before SB 22 reaches that chamber.
2019-02-20, House: Hearing: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3:30 PM Room 112-N