Small business slams taxes in chamber poll

WICHITA -- Local small business owners blasted taxes in a survey released Wednesday by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

* 26 percent of respondents in the poll named taxes as the most important issue they face, more than any other issue, including unemployment, the economy, regulation or health care.

* 44 percent said cutting taxes was the best strategy for state growth, more than any other strategy including increasing business incentives or spending more on schools or infrastructure.

* 61 percent said they paid too much in state and local taxes.

* 68 percent said cutting government was the best way to close the budget shortfall.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents had five or fewer employees and 94 percent had fewer than 100.