Hensley: 2017 Kansas Legislature begins repairing Brownback’s damage

By Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

As a result of a collaborative effort between both parties, Kansas taxpayers will see a change in their taxes beginning July 1. These changes were a necessary first step in making Kansas fiscally stable. To be clear, taxpayers will still be paying less than they paid in 2012.

In 2012, a married couple filing jointly making $60,000 or more in adjusted gross income paid a tax rate of 6.45 percent. Under the new tax plan, that same couple will pay a rate of 5.7 percent.

In 2012, a married couple filing jointly making between $30,000 and $60,000 in adjusted gross income paid a tax rate of 6.25 percent. Under the new tax plan, the same couple will pay a rate of 5.25 percent.

In 2012, a married couple filing jointly making $30,000 or less in adjusted gross income paid a tax rate of 3.5 percent. Under the new tax plan, that same couple will pay a rate of 3.1 percent.

Additionally, under this new tax plan, the child care tax credit has been restored for families with children. The itemized deductions for mortgage interest, property tax, and medical expenses have been restored at 75 percent in 2019 and 100 percent in 2020.

The removal of these deductions and credits in 2013 to help pay for the disastrous Brownback tax experiment targeted primarily Kansans living on fixed income and Kansas families with small children. Further, the restoration of the child care tax credit will cause some families to pay less now than they did last year in state income taxes.

The actions of the 2017 legislature are a crucial beginning to the recovery from the self-inflicted budget crisis caused by Sam Brownback and his political allies, but there is still more work to be done. Our sales tax rate on food remains of the highest. Our state debt has expanded, causing us to pay more in interest on that debt. Our state highway plan – which would have created 175,000 jobs by 2020 – has been nearly eliminated by continued sweeps. Our schools continue to be funded at unconstitutional levels.

Our work has only just begun. The damage done by the Brownback administration cannot be undone overnight. It will take years to restore Kansas. But, it can now be said that the steps to restoring our state began in the 2017 session of the Kansas Legislature.


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