Once again we have been subjected to the misinformation that “The state legislature pushed through the largest tax increase in state history this year.” There is a significant difference between increasing taxes and restoring taxes. The legislature acted to end the tax vacation of over 300,000 upper income earners which was bankrupting the state treasury. And what was restored were rates that were lower than ones prior to the holiday. It would take a huge increase just for them to catch up with the rest of us.

What actually did increase for the rest of us, was the rise in the sales tax rate, which as we know still applies fully to food which makes it the most regressive tax possible. In addition, the elimination of the deduction for mortgage interest, real estate taxes and health-related costs, amounted to a measurable increase in state income taxes owed by all those who itemize their deductions.

So please, let’s get our vocabulary straight: tax restoration is different from tax increases!

— Bill Zuercher, Hesston