It’s understandable that state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, walked out of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday. A bill to prevent public employees from using even voluntary payroll deductions to donate to a union’s political action committee is a transparent attempt to weaken unions politically. Claims by those who offered testimony in support of the bill — notably only Americans for Prosperity and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce — about needing to protect freedom don’t wash. Kansas is already a right-to-work state. No worker can be compelled to join a union, and union dues can’t be used to support political activity. Separate donations to political action committees are also voluntary. “I find this bill highly offensive to working people,” Schodorf said.
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