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Kansas Chamber’s ‘pro-jobs’ list a head-scratcher

State lawmakers are scratching their heads over the Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s list of “Distinguished Pro-Jobs Legislators.” Not only does this year’s list consist mostly of lawmakers who voted for the largest tax increase in state history (which the chamber opposed), but it excludes lawmakers who sided with the chamber on nearly all its “key votes.” For example, of the 17 legislators in the House who voted how the chamber wanted on either all nine or eight of the nine votes it identified as key votes, only four made the list, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Meanwhile, among the 25 lawmakers who voted with the chamber only five of the nine times, 21 were placed on the list, and of the 10 lawmakers who voted in the chamber’s favor only three times, seven made the list. Kansas Chamber president Mike O’Neal said the ranking wasn’t based only on the key votes, but the chamber won’t say which other votes it considered. – Phillip Brownlee