How Wagle’s tune has changed on sales taxes

“To pass a tax increase at a time like this would be far worse on the people and far worse on the economic recovery than taking the needed cuts.” – Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, in early 2010, about a proposal to avert damaging state budget cuts by raising the statewide sales tax to 6.3 percent for three years

“Let’s just leave Kansas. Let’s forget about buying food in Kansas.” – Wagle again in May 2010, as the Senate passed the sales-tax hike

“Sales tax has nothing to do with economic growth. It doesn’t really matter what your sales-tax rate is.” – Wagle, now Senate president and an advocate for keeping the sales-tax rate where it is after July 1 to pay for income-tax cuts, speaking last week to GOP Senate and House members