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So they said


▪  “Ryan has outright rejected the retribution and punishment so prevalent in the House according to Boehner.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, explaining his surprising vote for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (after voting for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., in the GOP conference election)

▪  “The income-tax cuts passed in 2012 and ’13 were way too steep and way too quick. The revenue continues to decline and we have to do something.” – Sen. Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, in a Bloomberg story about Kansas’ continuing budget woes

▪  “This is absolutely a cautionary tale, because it’s basically cutting revenue without figuring out how to cut expenditures. At the federal level, it’s different because they can deficit-finance, but you can’t be a deficit hawk and a tax cutter at the same time.” – Norton Francis, senior research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, also to Bloomberg

▪  “$486 Million in Growth Later, Kansas’ Historic Tax Cut Should Set Example for Neighbors” – headline of a Forbes commentary by Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield arguing Kansas’ 2012-13 reform “is bringing more people to the state, growing GDP and state tax revenues, growing jobs, and offering increased opportunities”