Chambers of commerce from Salina, Overland Park, Emporia, Topeka, Greater Kansas City, Lawrence, Garden City, Hutchinson/Reno County, Manhattan and five other communities – but noticeably not Wichita – wrote to Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders expressing concern about state budget deficits and funding cuts to important programs such as highways and education. The letter said that responsible businesspeople understand “that tax dollars fairly assessed and properly expended are an investment in the kind of state we want for ourselves, our customers, our employees and our children.” The local chambers told Brownback and lawmakers to “not assume all Kansas businesses expect or want you to achieve solvency in the state’s budget only by cutting spending.” – Phillip Brownlee
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