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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 12:00 am

 The 2013 legislative session was a disaster for the working poor.

Kansas workers who earn less than $23,500 for a family of four are in trouble.

They will not have access to expanded Medicaid health insurance. They will have to go to a federal on-line exchange to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Over the next five years, they will share in a $1.2 billion sales tax increase, which hits them harder than anyone.

Along with the middle class, they will lose $975 million in income tax deductions over that same period.

The deduction for dependent children will be reduced by 20 percent.

They will still have to choose between a reimbursement for sales taxes paid on food and the earned income tax credit that sends them a check if their income tax liability is below zero.

All this is a result of Governor Sam Brownback's Quixotic idea that reducing individual income taxes on business owners will boom the economy.

No economist in America supports this theory, except Arthur Laffer, the discredited author of Ronald Reagan's "voodoo economics" policies.

The 2013 session of the Kansas legislature was deeply insensitive to the plight of the working poor and will go down in history as a session that violated Kansas' fundamental value of fair taxation.

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