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Senator Brownlee’s official protest of budget bill

By   /   May 11, 2010  /   News  /   4 Comments

“We have failed in our fiduciary responsibility to be good stewards of the people’s money  … I am disheartened for Kansas because we have slowed the economic recovery which is so desperately needed.

State Senator Karin Brownlee (R, Olathe) read an “official protest” to the budget bill during the brief Senate session on Tuesday morning.

Listen to the audio, or read the text below:

Sen. Karin Brownlee (R, Olathe)

May 11, 2010

Mr. President:

According to Article 2, Section 10 of the Kansas Constitution, a legislator may make written protest against any act or resolution and the same shall be entered in the journal without delay or alteration.

My protest is in reference to the budget bill, House Substitute for SB 572. This budget commits more than $300 million more than what we anticipate Kansas taxpayers will be paying in taxes to our state during fiscal year 2011. We have failed in our fiduciary responsibility to be good stewards of the people’s money. Instead we have adopted almost a Robin Hood mindset of redistributing the wealth by taking money from those who earn it and giving it to those who did not.

There is no reasonable justification for increasing taxes in an economy which is in a serious recession. The notion that Kansans would want to become more productive so that we could capture more of their hard earned money is ridiculous.

The true energizing power in an economy is the productivity and ingenuity of its people when they are freed from excessive government taxation and regulation to provide for their families. We have lost sight of the fact that there is not a public or government sector without a healthy private sector. Too many times this session we have heard a legislator postulate that government spending in some manner helps save our economy. If this were actually true, our economy should be overheating with all of the overspending by states and the federal government.

The result of our labor this session is a tax increase which will add up to more than $1.5 billion over five years. This means that over the next five years, Kansans will not have access to $1.5 billion of their own money to invest in their own businesses, pay for their own families’ needs or to save for a future college education.

What has been accomplished is to set Kansas as the high tax state of the plains. We may as well etch this in Kansas limestone. Rather than learning from previous errors, we have repeated the history of the Great Depression which saw excessive government spending extending the depression for years. Even though I voted no, I am disheartened for Kansas because we have slowed the economic recovery which is so desperately needed.

Senator Karin Brownlee

Contact: Earl F Glynn, earl@kansaswatchdog.org, KansasWatchdog.org


  • Kathryn Kist

    Thank you, Senator Brownlee. I appreciate your protest and your strong voice of reason in this session.

  • Sally Swindler

    Thank you, Sen. Brownlee! As a senior living on Social Security and little else, I appreciate your understanding of our situation and of simple economics. KS will lose money – any high ticket but necessary items will be purchased in Missouri from now on! I am barely getting by now – and this makes it worse. Again, thank you!

  • David Wallis

    This budget defies common sense. It is a slap in the face of the unemployed and those who used to employ them. It is in direct conflict with those of us who will now have to leave the grocery store with less and tell our children they will, once again, have to tighten their belt and no there will be no Christmas this year because the TAX MAN COMETH. Shame on this Legistation. Once again, you have not heard our cry for releif. Thank you Senator Brownlee for speaking for me.

  • Paula Silvey

    Thankyou Senator Brownlee:

    As retirees, my husband and I must make hard decisions about spending and how to tighten the belt in this depressed economy. Thank you for being our voice of common sense.

    Paula and Chuck Silvey