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Most anti-tax lawmakers broke pledge

Brunk
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Of the 53 state lawmakers who signed pledges since 2012 not to vote for any measure that would increase the tax burden on citizens, only six kept their word by voting consistently against tax increases this legislative session, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, signed anti-tax pledges with both Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and Grover Norquist-led Americans for Tax Reform yet voted to raise taxes. He said he didn’t realize when he ran for re-election last year that spending cuts alone wouldn’t be enough to solve the state’s budget shortfall – even though nearly every daily newspaper in the state raised these warnings. At least the lawmakers were willing to recognize the need for more tax revenue. But next time they shouldn’t make pledges they may not be able to keep. – Phillip Brownlee

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