Will lawmakers stick by no-tax pledge?

A pledge by some state lawmakers to never raise taxes is a factor in finalizing the state budget, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Fifteen House members (half of whom are from the Wichita area) signed a no-tax pledge administered by Americans for Prosperity, and AFP considers the proposed extension of the statewide sales tax to be a tax increase. However, eight state senators who signed the AFP pledge voted for the sales-tax extension, including Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.