Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights focus of tour

American Dream Express’ to conclude in Leavenworth

September 29, 2005

A four-day statewide bus tour, sponsored by groups touting a "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights" for Kansas, will make its final stop this week in Leavenworth.

The American Dream Express began making stops in 23 cities and towns to spread its word about lower taxes and restrained growth in government spending. The tour, which began Tuesday at the Statehouse in Topeka, will make its final stop from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in a parking lot at Fourth and Cherokee streets, across the street from the Henry Marten automobile dealership.

Americans for Prosperity, which earlier this year began a chapter in Lansing, is partnering with several other groups on the tour, including the Wichita Independent Business Association, the Kansas Taxpayers Network, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union, Concerned Women of America, and KSSmallBiz.com.

The groups are pushing the Kansas Legislature to adopt a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which would limit state government growth to the rate of inflation plus population. It would also require voter approval of tax increases or bond issues.

To become law in the state, the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, also known by the acronym TABOR, would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and then a majority vote in a statewide election.

Proponents say TABOR would bring fiscal sanity to the state and create an environment that would attract businesses. TABOR critics say it would hamper government's ability to respond to emergencies and provide needed services.

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