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Koch didn’t sound sorry about local lobbying

The Koch-funded Coalition for a Better Wichita’s winning 2014 campaign against a citywide 1-cent sales tax criticized all of it, including proposals to fund a water source, bus service and street repairs and the regressiveness of the sales tax generally. One TV ad by Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity depicted city officials as masked crooks robbing old ladies. But judging from Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch’s remarks at the recent Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, his main objection was to the chamber-supported jobs fund portion of the sales tax plan. As he mentioned that the crowd likely had seen the company’s local lobbying against corporate welfare, Koch offered an unapologetic-sounding “sorry.” Koch Cos. Public Sector spent more than $1 million to defeat the sales tax. – Rhonda Holman