In the latest confirmation that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce doesn’t accurately represent all of Kansas business, 14 local chambers of commerce from around the state are lobbying legislators to balance the budget with a combination of budget cuts and “rational state revenue enhancements.” The local chamber leaders represent Arkansas City, Hutchinson, Topeka, Manhattan, Olathe, Overland Park, Salina, Hays, Emporia, Dodge City, Grant County, northeast Johnson County, greater Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan. Meanwhile, the Kansas Chamber is lobbying against any tax increase, as is the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. “I find it hard to believe that any business in the state is saying, ‘Add to my taxes,’” said Bryan Derreberry, president and CEO of the Wichita chamber.
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