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Minutes for SB224 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

Short Title

Providing for a $.05 increase in motor fuel taxes.

Minutes Content for Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SB224.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee an explanation of SB224. He stood for questions.

Nathan Eberline presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 because "counties want a commitment to devote adequate dollars to building and preserving our State's infrastructure".  (Attachment 1) He stood for questions.

Heidi Holliday presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 "because it will allow Kansas to begin reinvesting in our state's vital infrastructure and transportation systems".  (Attachment 2) She stood for questions.  

Wayne Nelson presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 by saying this bill "can help make . . . possible infrastructure safety".  (Attachment 3) He stood for questions.

Dee McKee presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 by saying "Kansas rural roads have high rates of deficiencies and high fatality rates; rural transportation system is in need of modernization to better support safety and economic growth".  (Attachment 4)  She stood for numerous questions.

Dennis Wright presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 by detailing "the human side of the issues facing Highway 177".  (Attachment 5) He stood for questions.

Bob Totten presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 because it will "provide some funding for KDOT construction program".  (Attachment 6) He stood for questions.

Scott Anderson presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB224 by saying it is a "fuel tax increase that only affects the users of the transportation system that makes the most sense".  (Attachment 7)  He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in support of SB224 was provided by:  Tom Robinett, Overland Park CC (Attachment 8); Lyle Butler, Manhattan Area CC (Attachment 9); Kiel Mangus, City of Manhattan (Attachment 10); James Hanni, AAA (Attachment 11); Jan Peters, Great Bend CC (Attachment 12); Bernie Koch, Kansas Economic Progress Council (Attachment13); Scott Heidner, American Council of Engineering Companies (Attachment 14); Rodney George, Bennington State Bank, Wamego (Attachment 15); and Ernest Peterson, Ash Grove Cement Company (Attachment 16).

Testimony presented to the Committee neutral to SB224 was provided by Jerry Younger, KAPA-KRMCA (Attachment 17); Mark Desetti, KNEA (Attachment 18); and John Jones, Economic Lifelines-Kansas (Attachment 19).

Tom Whitaker presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB224 because "the proposed increase in fuel taxes would make Kansas' tax rate . . . the highest tax rate of any of the surrounding States".  (Attachment 20)  He stood for numerous questions.

Tom Palace presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB224 because "for retailers that compete on the border, we will see further deterioration of their customer base if these taxes are approved and Kansas will lose with lost sales tax".  (Attachment 21) He stood for several questions.

Jeff Glendening presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB224 because "spending in the state of Kansas has grown too fast in recent years".  (Attachment 22) He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SB224 was provided by Eric Stafford, Kansas Chamber (Attachment 23); Bob Alderson, on behalf of Casey's General Stores (Attachment 24); Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute (Attachment 25); and Randy Stookey, KGFA/KCC/KARA (Attachment 26).

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SB224.