Daily Archives: March 17, 2013

Calling out legislators on their sales-tax hypocrisy

Sixteen current state senators who had bitterly opposed and voted against the temporary sales-tax hike in 2010 nevertheless voted last week to make it permanent, arguing that it’s now needed to pay for income-tax cuts. They may not have lost any sleep over the hypocrisy of their flip-flop, but it upset some of the moderate GOP legislators who were targeted for defeat after voting for the increase. “I think it’s disingenuous that people who were so adamantly opposed to it are saying, ‘Oh, no – it’s OK,’” former Sen. Ruth Teichman of Stafford told the Hutchinson News. Former Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita told The Eagle editorial board: “It seems like the end justifies the means, and the conservatives believe that cutting income tax is so important to people that they don’t think the public will see the hypocrisy of raising the sales tax.”

Lawmakers trust teachers with guns but not dues

Several bills this legislative session reflect a mistrust of public schoolteachers. One bill prevents teachers from having voluntary donations to political action committees deducted from their paychecks. Another bill would weaken teachers’ collective-bargaining rights. Another bill would require them to teach doubts about global warming. Yet when it comes to guns, lawmakers seem to have complete trust in teachers. Under a bill the House approved last week, school boards could allow any employee licensed to carry a concealed handgun to bring a firearm to school.

So they said

 “The governor saying we should be like Texas is like the governor saying to me, ‘You know, Tom, you could jam just like Kobe Bryant.’ I could buy 50,000 pairs of gym shoes and I could never touch the bottom of the net.” – Sen. Tom Holland (in photo), D-Baldwin City, during the Senate tax debate
“I’ll be dead. I’ll tell you that.” – Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, forecasting when a House proposal would result in the elimination of the state income tax
“This kind of gives me the willies.” – Rep. Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, questioning the $55 million estimated cost of a proposed new Kansas Bureau of Investigation crime lab at Washburn University
“I’m going to tell the story that the president came to see if we really needed a tower.” – Don Rogers, president of Wells Aircraft, about the sighting of a Boeing 747 with the presidential logo (known as Air Force One when the president is aboard) doing practice approaches at Hutchinson Municipal Airport, which would lose its air tower funding under the sequester

So they said