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Letter to the editor: let wind production tax credit expire

December 13, 2012

The following letter to the editor was printed in the Topeka Capital-Journal in response to an editorial supporting the wind production tax credit.

I credit Governor Brownback for making the tax code broader and lower here in Kansas. Unfortunately, he doesn’t take that pro-growth message with him when he travels to Washington. In his call for extending handouts for the wind industry, Gov. Brownback is upholding the corporate welfare policies that riddle the tax code.

In arguing that a tax credit is needed to boost employment in the wind industry, Go. Brownback overlooks what the rest of the economy gives up in exchange. Wind turbine makers may be able to hire on more workers because the government pays them to do so, but the rest of the economy suffers. This tax credit diverts labor and capital away from more efficient areas in the economy, slowing overall economic growth.

Hardworking Kansans would be better off if our elected officials stopped propping up inefficient technologies with our tax dollars. Congress should ignore these politically charged job claims and let the wind production tax credit expire.

Derrick Sontag

Kansas State Director

Americans For Prosperity

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