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Tax policy may be harming state’s business climate

Tracey Osborne, president of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, argues that the Legislature has been too focused on lowering taxes instead of on the bigger concerns of businesses – the availability of skilled labor, good roads and quality of life. “A highly skilled workforce with a strong work ethic has been our top economic development tool in Johnson County for decades, but the state revenue challenges of recent years threaten our ability to continue to excel as a region and state in educating our students and current workforce for jobs of the future,” she wrote. The chamber supports revoking the pass-through business income exemption, which Osborne contends has had “detrimental across-the-board impacts to our state to pre-K-12 education, higher education, transportation and social services.” – Phillip Brownlee