Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Kansas Taxpayer Bill of Rights and Higher Education

Americans for Prosperity has been out supporting a Kansas Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which essentially requires the State to limit spending increases to inflation plus population growth. If the State wants to raise spending at a higher rate, they would have to put the increase to a public vote.

Earlier this week the Kansas Board of Regents came out in opposition to a Kansas TABOR arguing that limiting spending growth would lead to cuts in funding for higher education and devastate Kansas Universities. Colorado is the model for the Kansas TABOR and today AFP has a response to the Regents. You can see their full Kansas vs. Colorado since they enacted TABOR comparison here.

"While it isn't surprising that the Regents took a position against giving Kansas citizens the right to approve taxes, it is a little unfortunate they didn't engage in more academic inquiry. The reasons the Regents state for opposing the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights just don't hold up to any scrutiny.

"U.S. News ranks the University of Colorado higher than K.U. And Colorado State was ranked among the 120 best universities K-State wasn't ranked. Kansas doesn't have a state university among the best 120 masters-level universities in the county, and Colorado does.

"Both K.U. and K-State have higher in-state tuition than the Univ. of Colorado.


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1 Comments:

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people opposing the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in Kansas are those that depend on Kansas Tax dollars for their business.

The biggest financial opposers are the contracters that stand to make millions off of the taxpayers with the highway program.

 

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