Letter to the editor: Missouri tax increase – Olathe News

Olathe News, August 8, 2007

“Letter to the editor: Missouri tax increase”

Missouri has enacted a new law that repeals a tax exemption on certain Kansas residents who work in Missouri . As a result, Kansans will now pay over $10 million more annually to Missouri ‘s government.

Some Kansas lawmakers are apparently thinking about retaliating by increasing taxes on Missourians, but such legislation by itself would not return any money to Kansas taxpayers. More importantly, Kansas government doesn’t need any more money from anybody.

An ongoing “progressive” legislative coalition composed of most Democrats and a minority of Republicans has damaged the state’s economy by overspending. They doubled the state debt from $2 billion to $4 billion between 2002 and 2006; increased the size of the budget by 8% or more for the last four consecutive years; and recently allowed the courts to unconstitutionally impose a tax increase of over $1 billion.

The real-world result: no economic progress. In 2006, Kansas was one of only three states in the country to have a net loss in private jobs, and we rank in the bottom 25% of all states in economic growth over the last 25 years.

I support attempting to off-set this new Missouri law. Let’s begin with responsible government spending and tax decreases for Kansas residents.

–Benjamin Hodge