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Why Kansas Needs Tax Reform

March 05, 2012 J

The Tax Foundation has released a new study on business taxes, and what they have to say isn't good news for Kansas business owners. "Location Matters -- Business Tax Costs in 50 States," was released last week.

A look at this study shows why Kansas needs tax reform, and why our state government needs to stop picking winners and losers in the marketplace.

Read KansasWatchDog's report on it by clicking here.

Guest Column by Cong. Mike Pompeo: We Need Capitalism, not Cronyism

February 29, 2012

The word “conservative” brings to mind family values, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility—and limited government. Limited government means a government limited in size, in its claim on national wealth, and—importantly—limited in the ends to which government’s power is used. It also means federal elected officials must act in the nation’s best interest and not allow their own parochial concerns to dominate their decision making. A big obstacle on the path to restoring limited government in America is cronyism.

Kansas Legislature Debating Tax Reform

February 15, 2012 J

The Kansas Legislature is currently debating tax reform. Tax reform is all about job creation, and that's why we believe legislators must address it this year. Watch the TV ad we launched with the Kansas Policy Institute to see why this is so important.

KBA Gone Wild: Shine the Light On Those Who Defended Kansas Bioscience Authority

January 23, 2012 J

"Tom Thornton has raised the Kansas Bioscience Authority to its status as one of the shining lights in Kansas, a program that has become the envy of other states," added Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton. "We will always be grateful for his leadership and vision that has elevated the KBA to its current level of excellence and success." (Wichita Eagle, 4/16/11)

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said the "witch hunt" was the work of political operatives in league with Gov. Sam Brownback. The goal appears to be political power, he said. (Topeka Capital Journal, 4/09/11)

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said Thornton's demise ought to convince Brownback and other conservatives to "abandon their witch hunt against this independent agency." (Topeka Capital Journal, 4/15/11)

When government picks winners and losers …

January 04, 2012 J

Today’s news that Boeing has decided to close its Wichita operation by the end of 2013 is not only disappointing; it’s devastating when considering the impact it will have on thousands of Kansas families.

There’s no question the residents of Sedgwick County will sympathize with those who will ultimately lose their job. But hopefully they also take this opportunity to question the wisdom of decisions made by government officials in the past.

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