April 1, 2013 12:00 AM

Kansas views on buying access, risky tax bet, pickpockets, education meddling, KU mandate

Buying access – If middle-class Kansans are curious about how they can make their voices heard in Topeka, they should take a cue from Rodney Steven. For several years, Steven and his Genesis Health Clubs have pressed legislators to address what he viewed as inequity in a tax system that charged his for-profit clubs sales and property taxes, while allowing recreation centers and YMCAs to organize as tax-exempt nonprofits. This year, however, Steven put his money – about $45,000 – behind his request, and now this previously ignored bill has some senators’ ears, and some momentum.

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