The 2017 legislative session is coming to an end. I believe there are a few things for us to remember:
*Money doesn’t grow on trees. It comes from hard-working, risk- taking business owners, and their employees.
*When we take ever more of it, we leave Kansans with less of it. Less to invest, less to give, and less to spend as they choose.
*In 2012 both houses, and our governor, cut taxes including an exemption on taxation for pass-through business income. They did this without cutting spending, in the face of tough market times. The shortfalls we feel today are the result.
*Some in both houses came to Topeka this session to reverse the pass-through exemption.
*But doing it retroactively, and then adding a record personal income tax increase on top of it is wrong. We introduced no serious spending controls. We introduced no significant K-12 efficiencies. We nearly lost our tiny school choice alternative – one that meets the goal of putting children and families ahead of unions and administrators. I feel we have not been courageous, and we have let our citizens down.
I VOTED NO, TO A ONE-SIDED SOLUTION THAT DIDN’T GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM — IT IS UNFAIR TO KANSANS.