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Minutes for SB188 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

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

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SB188.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee an explanation of SB188.  He stood for questions.

Mark Tallman presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 because he believes the bill "will provide a substantial increase in state general fund revenue . . .to help manage through the current major budget shortfall and provide ongoing additional revenue to fund key state services".  (Attachment 19)  He stood for questions.

Bob Totten presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188, "as it provides additional revenues into the system".  (Attachment 20) He stood for questions.

Duane Goossen presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 by saying "comprehensive tax reform is the only responsible path forward". (Attachment 21)  He stood for questions. 

Chuck Schmidt presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 by offering that the "bill will restore fairness to the state income tax system and increase revenues for essential state services".  (Attachment 22)  He stood for questions. 

Reverend Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 by saying "tax reform for Kansas is an urgent moral issue".  (Attachment 23)  She stood for questions. 

Scott Anglemeyer presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 "because it begins to reverse tax policy changes that disproportionately fell on the backs of low-income Kansans". (Attachment 24) He stood for questions. 

Annie McKay presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 by saying "tax policies implemented since 2012 have compromised Kansas' ability to meet the needs of children and have undermined the financial well-being of working families". (Attachment 25) She stood for questions. 

Heidi Holliday presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB188 by saying "we can prioritize unaffordable tax breaks for a few at the top, or we can prioritize our home and investments that create prosperity for all".   (Attachment 26)  She stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in support of SB188 was provided by Rebecca Proctor, Kansas Organization of Teachers-Kansas (Attachment 27); Lisa Ochs, American Federation of Teachers-Kansas (Attachment 28); Bernie Koch, Kansas Economic Progress Council (Attachment 29); Judith Deedy, Game on for Kansas Schools (Attachment 30); Tanya Brunner, Oral Health Kansas (Attachment 31); Brandi Fisher, Mainstream Coalition (Attachment 32); Michael Leachman, Center of Budget and Policy Priorities (Attachment 33); Mark Desetti, Kansas National Education Assn. (Attachment 34); Christina Ostmeyer, Summer Meal Advocate (Attachment 35); Treka Henry, Lenexa (Attachment 36); Prafulla Shintri, Kansas citizen (Attachment 37); Nicole Novak, Kansas citizen (Attachment 38); Leena Fry, Kansas citizen (Attachment 39); Jennifer Howerton, Kansas citizen (Attachment 40)

Written only testimony presented to the Committee neutral to SB188 was provided by Patrick Vogelsberg, Kansas Assn. of Realtors (Attachment 41); Denise Sultz, Kansas PTA (Attachment 42); Julie Brewer, United Community Services of Johnson county (Attachment 43); and Lisa Gee, Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (Attachment 44).

Dave Trabert presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB188 by suggesting that "budgets for the current and next two years can be balanced without a tax increase". (Attachment 45)  He stood for questions.

Eric Stafford presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB188 by stating "this legislature should focus on adopting efficiencies from the A&M study to achieve cost savings rather than increasing taxes". (Attachment 46) He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SB188 was provided by Dan Murray, National Federation of Independent Business (Attachment 47).

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SB188.