Wichita chamber’s priorities are contradictory

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 legislative agenda calls for even more tax cuts and less regulation – what you’d expect based on the chamber’s recent history and aggressive 2012 involvement in purging moderate Republicans from the Statehouse. But the chamber also wants the state to continue providing funding for the National Institute for Aviation Research, the National Center for Aviation Training and the Wichita airfare subsidy program, and to retain the historic preservation tax credit and to stop diverting transportation plan funding. The state can only do those things if it has sufficient revenues, which already are projected to plummet as the 2012 tax cuts take effect.