Bright Days Ahead for Kansas

Moran’s Memo

ingallsOn January 29, 1861, our state was founded on the ideals of personal freedom and individual liberty. The 152nd anniversary serves as a time to challenge all Kansans to carry on the enduring legacy of our founders.

In Washington, I often tell folks that Kansans live a special way of life. The pioneering spirit of those who settled our state more than 150 years ago and tamed the West lives on in us today. We fully embrace the words of our state’s motto: “Ad astra per aspera,” … “To the stars through difficulties.”

Growing up in Kansas, we learn that our family’s joys are increased and our sorrows diminished when they are shared with neighbors and friends. We teach our children that there is good in every person and that satisfaction in life comes from what you do for others rather than what you do for yourself.

Kansans work hard to make a difference in our communities, state and nation. Throughout the years, Kansas has raised many talented leaders – from Eisenhower to Earhart – who have helped shape our state and nation and overcome challenging obstacles. But the story of Kansas is also one about the farmers, factory workers, teachers, business owners, parents and all the unsung heroes whose hard work has built our state’s economy and reputation around the globe. We have much in our history to be proud of, and even more to look forward to.

Today, Kansas continues to set itself apart as an industry leader in many fields, some well-established in our state like aviation, and some burgeoning like research and entrepreneurship.

Aviation contributes more than $7 billion to our state’s economy each year, and Kansas’ reputation as the national leader in aviation manufacturing and job creation was recently solidified when Airbus Americas announced it will continue its partnership with Kansas and double its investment over the next 10 years. I was proud to co-host the first-ever Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita in August 2012, which gave more than 200 representatives from 115 companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from Airbus with the goal of facilitating more business for Kansas companies. I look forward to hosting a second successful summit elsewhere in Kansas this year.

Kansas has also become a leader in advancing biomedical and bioscience research. In fact, our bioscience industry has grown at a faster rate than the national sector since 2001. This growth opens the doors for new medical and technological advancements. Last summer, the University of Kansas Cancer Center achieved designation as a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. This exclusive designation will have a lasting impact on our state’s economy and a life-changing impact on Kansans for generations to come. And just last month, Kansans received good news from the Department of Homeland Security: the land transfer agreement has been signed, and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan is moving forward. This state-of-the-art biosecurity lab will replace our country’s antiquated foreign animal research facility at Plum Island, NY, and protect us from foreign animal disease threats.

And at a time when national new business formation is near historic lows, Kansas had a record 15,008 new-business filings in 2012 according to the state’s Annual Business Formation Report. These numbers suggest that entrepreneurs have discovered something I’ve known for a long time: Kansas is a great place to start a business. This uptick in entrepreneurship bodes well for future job growth in our state. And with Southwest Airlines set to start operating five routes out of Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita starting on June 2, 2013, Kansas entrepreneurs will now have new options to connect them and their businesses to the rest of the country and the world.

Our state’s leadership in these pioneering industries is forming a legacy of opportunity for the next generation. We want our children and grandchildren to have the chance to return home, put down roots and raise their own families in the communities we love.

After 152 years, Kansas has much to celebrate – from our rich heritage to our diverse industries. Bright days lie ahead for our state and I will do all I can to make certain we leave behind a stronger, freer and more prosperous place to call home.

May God bless the great State of Kansas.

Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kansas

  • bluekansas

    jerry, i used to respect you as a moderate house member, but once you were elected senator you turned into another sam brownback!

    NYT reveals Brownback leading the way to proving once and for all that trickle down economics doesn’t work

  • New York Times

    The New York Times is one of the most anti conservative papers in the country, you can’t trust anything they say about Republicans¡!!

  • bluekansas

    did you hear that on fox limbaugh or beck?

    how about business week a non partisan blog

    Bleeding Kansas Shows Peril of GOP Bid to End Income Tax

  • Business Week

    Are you joking……that blog is not exactly non partisan.

  • bluekansas

    Brownback’s tax plan favors rich over middle-income

    A new chart from Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan shows that high-income Kansas residents will benefit far, far more than lower- to middle-income residents from Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies.

    And not just in total dollars but in the percentage of benefits they could receive.

    The chart showed to The Star at an editorial board meeting today was fairly simple: It showed how Kansans would pay less in personal income taxes because of the 2012 tax-law changes. Then it added in how much Kansans would pay in higher sales taxes if the rate is maintained at 6.3 percent and not dropped to 5.7 percent as called for in the 2010 state law.

    The bottom line – called the “Full Brownback plan” – showed the tax change as a percentage of income and as an average tax change for different levels of income.

    Look at the radical differences:

    The bottom 20 percent – with average incomes of $12,000 – would actually pay $22 a year in HIGHER taxes. That’s right: After all the Brownback hype about lower taxes for Kansans, the people least able to afford a tax increase would be paying more.

    Why? Because these people would pay $51 a year in higher sales taxes, but save less than $30 a year in income taxes.

    The second 20 percent – with average incomes of $29,000 – would pay $19 a year less in taxes overall. That’s a savings of less than one-tenth of 1 percent, or hardly anything at all.

    In other words, the Brownback tax plan would be a virtual wash – with no meaningful impact at all – on 40 percent of Kansans.

    The third 20 percent – with average incomes of $48,000 – would save $104 a year in taxes. That’s a savings of about two-tenths of 1 percent.

    The fourth 20 percent – with average incomes of $76,000 – would save $252 a year in taxes. That’s a savings of about three-tenths of 1 percent.

    The next 15 percent – with average incomes of $123,000 – would save $669 a year in taxes. That’s a savings of about five-tenths of 1 percent.

    The next 4 percent – with average incomes of $253,000 – would save $1,494 a year in taxes. That’s a savings of about six-tenths of 1 percent.

    The top 1 percent – with average incomes of $1,169,000 – would save $6,528 a year in taxes. That’s a savings of about six-tenths of 1 percent.

    Why the great advantage for high income earners? Because people with higher average incomes – especially $100,000 or more – would save so much more on income taxes than they would pay in higher sales taxes.

    For instance, Kansans making average salaries of $253,000 a year would pay $316 in higher sales taxes but save $1,810 in income taxes.

    Obviously, after looking at this chart, you would expecet the people making the most money to get the most in savings.

    However, the Brownback plan skews this so that the people earning more money get a far higher proportionate tax savings.

    Put another way, the 20 percent of Kansans with the highest incomes are getting about 6 times the savings – proportionately – than the Kansans with the lowest 40 percent of incomes in the state.

    • %

      The people who stand to keep the biggest majority of there income also pay the majority of the Kansas taxes. But under the plan they will have much more if there money to spend on good and services which helps everyone………the poor, the middle class…….all Kansans. The only people this hurts are the ones who make there money off other peoples taxes.