Wichita Eagle Story: At town hall, groups vow to fight Brownback on taxes.

Last week we asked for your support to attend the town hall summit on the effects of Kansas budget cuts hosted by Big Tent Coalition and Kansans for Quality Communities. Over 80 people turned out to tell dramatic stories about the effects of crumbling social services and public education. The Wichita Eagle has great coverage:

“What’s happened in Topeka over the last few years has not been good for Kansas,” said the event’s moderator, Mark Desetti, a lobbyist for the Kansas National Education Association. “Too many people are suffering … in the current climate of ‘no government is good government.’”

Desetti claimed that 65 disabled or elderly Kansans died in the past year while on waiting lists for government services for which they were eligible.

He said that is unacceptable given that the state has granted $10 billion in tax cuts over the past decade.

Several lawmakers were there to echo the public’s concerns:

Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, accused Brownback of governing through “little secret groups,” mostly from out of state, to develop the tax and social service policies he’s expected to push when the Legislature convenes in January. “That’s the people that Brownback and his administration are listening to,” Dillmore said. “They’re not listening to me and they’re not listening to you.”

Dillmore said he doesn’t think the governor’s priorities represent Kansas values.

“I’ve lived in this state all my life and I know these people and I know that they don’t look around and say, ‘You know, I’m really worried mostly about my pocketbook’ when people are dying,” Dillmore said. “They look around and they try to find ways to help.”

It is clear that Kansas can not afford to give away more of our taxpayer dollars in the form of income tax breaks to line the pockets of the wealthy while middle class and low-income Kansans are suffering.  Read the entire Wichita Eagle story here. 


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