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2015 fist bump brought to mind 2012 thank you

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Is Gov. Sam Brownback satisfied with what was the longest legislative session in state history, which led to passage of the largest tax increase in state history? Kansans may find out when the governor discusses the budget and tax policy bills in a Capitol briefing at 11 a.m. Tuesday. But it was telling that, according to Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Jonathan Shorman, lobbyist and former Brownback chief of staff David Kensinger did a fist bump with Kansas Chamber of Commerce president Mike O’Neal on Friday in a Capitol hallway. That brought to mind the moment after then-House Speaker O’Neal rammed through the unaffordable tax cuts in 2012 and Steven Anderson, then Brownback’s budget director, was observed saying to O’Neal: “We really appreciate that. We’ll always remember it.” – Rhonda Holman

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