Though many incumbent legislators are trying to distance themselves from Gov. Sam Brownback, his tax and spending policies didn’t happen on their own. They were approved by the Legislature. A grid published in Sunday’s Eagle outlined who voted for the 2012 income tax cuts that caused state revenue to plummet, who voted to increase sales and cigarette taxes to help recover some of this lost revenue, who voted against ending the unfair tax exemption on business pass-through income, and who voted for a budget this year that didn’t balance. If Kansans don’t approve of the state’s fiscal management, they shouldn’t vote for the lawmakers who helped create the damage. – Phillip Brownlee
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