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Americans for Prosperity-Kansas statement on State of the State address

January 11, 2012

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement in response to the State of the State address and the budget proposed by Gov. Brownback:

“There are a number of major issues our state faces in the 2012 legislative session, and we appreciate Gov. Brownback being willing to bring about significant reform plans in our school finance formula and tax policies, as well as working toward reducing state debt,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag.

“AFP-Kansas has long advocated for limiting the growth in government expenditures, and we applaud the Governor for proposing a budget that reduces State General Fund (SGF) spending and calls for limiting spending growth to no more than 2 percent each year. It’s important that we continue to work toward reining in state spending to ensure our expenditures do not exceed tax revenues.

“Over the years, overspending has become business as usual with our state budget, and that is not an acceptable way for our elected leaders to manage the state’s finances. The Governor’s proposed budget is a step in the right direction.

“Aside from placing a firm grasp on state spending we must also examine the state’s tax structure, looking for ways to spur economic activity through lower taxes. Kansas is in desperate need of economic growth, and we believe reducing individual income taxes and leveling the playing field for all businesses will be key to economic relief for everyone.

“AFP-Kansas plans to encourage Gov. Brownback and the Legislature to avoid handing out special tax incentive packages, such as the $16 million incentive package for Bombardier announced earlier this week. Offering such incentives may make for positive headlines, but that does not always equate to good economic policy.

“In addition to reducing overall spending, bringing down taxes and reducing government regulations to entice businesses to the Sunflower State, it’s our hope that Kansas put a stop to these types of special incentives.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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