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"The money to fund government comes from the private sector; further, government can grow by overtaxing and suppressing private-sector growth."

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article20218341.html#storylink=cpy


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May 4, 2015: Isn’t it wonderful to hear people complaining about hot dogs at Kansas City Royals games? I can remember not long ago when the pitching was doughy, the score was too small and the fans were the ones getting burned.
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"There is certainly a discussion to be had about fairness in taxation, but anyone proposing to increase or charge a tax based on fairness should be supportive of taxing government retirees the same as private sector retirees." http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/126459.aspx


If fairness is really the issue, tax government pensions
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Some of the push to raise tax revenue in Kansas is being couched in terms of fairness, as in, ‘why should one group be exempt from income tax but others must pay tax.’ The focus of those discussions are the businesses organized as Limited Liability C
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A few photos from KPI's 2015 annual dinner in Overland Park w/ Rep. Mike Pompeo
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Conflict of Interest or Height of Hypocrisy?
Posted by Dave Trabert on Monday, January 23, 2012
A recent story in the Wichita Eagle focused on comments from Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, regarding a conflict of interest for members of the House and Senate Tax Committees. After examining data gathered by the Eagle, showing that 20 of the 23 members of the House Taxation Committee and 9 of the 11 member of the Senate Tax Committee have business interests that would be exempted from state income tax under the Brownback plan, Hensley suggested that some of the members should consider recusing themselves from voting on the plan.

 “They certainly ought to at least let the general public and the rest of their colleagues know that they have a conflict of interest,” Hensley said. “We have rules in the Senate that provide for that.

“When a bill hits the floor on final action, you cannot be forced to vote if you have a conflict of interest and you announce that publicly before the vote takes place. It addresses this very kind of thing.”

It’s one thing if a piece of legislation targets a specific industry or employer, but when legislation applies uniformly as in this case, it’s simply not practical to have members of a part-time citizen legislature recuse themselves. And no one knows that better than Senator Hensley, a special education teacher in the Topeka district who routinely introduces and votes on legislation impacting public schools. Senator Hensley obviously believes he has no conflict on education issues, yet he has no problem finding fault with others who do the same as he.

It’s also noteworthy that the
Eagle story failed to mention this obvious conflict.
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Posted by Guest on Monday, January 23, 2012
Conflict of interest arguments are only valid in the eyes of the beholder
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