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'Bold Move by Boldra' revisited

6/9/2013

'Bold move' revisited

Oh, Mr. Jilka. Did you not read the tax bill proposals, or do you see the world through distorted lenses?

Yes, I did buck the leadership in a tax bill vote I believed was a good alternative to the other tax bills being debated at the time, and one that received a large majority in the Senate. I was one of only 18 House Republicans to vote for a tax bill that would have kept the 6.3-percent sales tax, but, at the same time, would have a two-tiered sales tax system in which food items would be taxed at 4.9 percent.

As legislators, it is our job to be responsible, to consider the many options we are given. The tax bill passed into law in 2012 was a disaster, leaving huge funding holes and debt for Kansans. We had to attempt to fix the problems of the past. The itemized income tax deductions will be reduced gradually as the income tax is planned to "glide to zero."

A majority of the constituents with whom I visited did not have a problem with holding the 6.3-percent sales tax rate that went into effect in 2010. Most didn't seem to think lowering the sales tax by six-tenths of 1 percent was crucial, but lowering the sales tax on food might be beneficial for all. In fact, 32 states no longer tax food or have a reduced level of taxation on grocery products.

In addition, I did not vote for the budget bill because I still have concerns about the inclusion of the intellectually/developmentally disabled population in KanCare, and I could not support a bill that reduced funding for the Regents' universities. I made promises to my constituents and I kept them. Perhaps you should worry about Saline County voters and leave the 111th District alone. Or, perhaps, you should not attempt to distort the truth.

Rep. Sue Boldra,

R-Hays

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