Gov. Mark Parkinson hailed the 1-cent sales-tax increase that ended the legislative session by saying, "We stood up to special interest groups. We proved that the little guy can win." Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson wondered which special interests Parkinson meant. "Sure wasn't big business. Lawmakers left on the table millions of dollars the state gives away through tax exemptions and credits to businesses," Anderson wrote, noting that tax hikes for tobacco and alcohol also were defeated. "In fact," he wrote, "it seems like the group that lawmakers stuck it to was Kansas taxpayers at large. The little guys, in other words."