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Minutes for SB147 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

Short Title

Under Kansas income tax act; providing rate changes and determination of Kansas adjusted gross income and sunsetting certain modifications.

Minutes Content for Mon, Feb 6, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SB147.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee a description of SB147.  He stood for questions. 

Justin Carroll presented to the Committee an explanation of the fiscal note for SB147.  He stood for questions.

Mark Tallman presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB147 by saying "we believe additional revenue is necessary rather than spending cuts".  (Attachment 1) He stood for questions.

Bernie Koch presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB147 by stating "the 2012 and 2013 Kansas income tax changes went too far".  (Attachment 2) He stood for questions.

Written-only testimony presented in support of SB147:  Jerry Younger, Kansas Ready Mixed Concrete Assn. (Attachment 3) and George Lay, George Lay Signs (Attachment 4)

Written only testimony neutral to SB147 was presented by Justin Hill, Lawrence Paper Company (Attachment 5); Blake Benson, Pittsburg Area Chamber (Attachment 6); Mike Beam, Kansas Livestock Assn. (Attachment 7); Michael Leachman, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (Attachment 8); and Bob Totten, Kansas Contractors Association (Attachment 9)

Eric Stafford presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 by offering a historical perspective as to "why the Kansas Legislature chose to cut taxes in 2012".  (Attachment 10) He stood for questions.

Barbara Paulus presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 because "increased taxation of individual and business income is the wrong direction for Kansas".  (Attachment 11) She stood for questions.

Drew Quinn presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 "for the very simple reason it increases the cost to do business in the State of Kansas".  (Attachment 12) He stood for questions.

Charlotte O'Hara presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 because there is a "state favor factory . . . of tax incentives that is destroying our tax base".  (Attachment 13) She stood for questions.

Heidi Holliday presented testimony to the Committee neutral to SB147 by saying the bill "begins to address . . .two key things".  (Attachment 14) She stood for questions.

Dave Trabert presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 by demonstrating "how the budget could be balanced".  (Attachment 15) He stood for questions.

Dan Murray presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 because "the bill reverses course on the state's promise to reduce and eliminate income taxes on individuals and small businesses".  (Attachment 16)  He stood for questions.

Jeff Glendening presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB147 because it "will send a message to Kansas businesses and wage earners that state spending is a higher priority than job growth".  (Attachment 17) He stood for questions. 

Written only testimony was presented to the Committee in opposition to SB147 was provided by Larry Macha, Macha Enterprises. (Attachment 18)

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SB147.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50pm.