March 7th, 2017

Rep. Whitmer today joined nine other state legislators in writing an op-ed piece that was published by the Wichita Eagle on the recent KS Supreme Court decision. The contents of the article are published below:


Who Pays?

The Kansas Tax Bill for workers and business owners grows.

In their latest ruling, the State Supreme Court effectively declares itself de facto Legislators and Holders of the Purse. They ordered hundreds of millions of new tax dollars into Big Education accounts with no accountability.

For Big Education lobbyists and lawyers–all paid with Kansas tax dollars–it’s a huge win. Liberal Republicans and Democrats smile and nod. This is The Plan, why they are at the Capitol. It’s happening.

Disadvantaged families, systemically underserved by Big Education, wonder if this is their Plan. Where’s the innovative thinking breaking the cycle of failure so their children get an equal opportunity education?

Overburdened teachers, our most valuable educational asset, also wonder. Is this more administration instead of classroom resources?

They all deserve better.

The disabled, mentally ill and elderly of Kansas look on, sidelined again. Their safety net thins and tears. No taxpayer-funded lobbyists or lawyers here. No new money deposited in their accounts.

Liberal Republicans and Democrats push hard for Medicaid Expansion, fueled by “free money” from Washington, D.C. The Kansas Tax Bill grows.

KanCare doctors, nursing home caregivers and others watch their ranks shrink along with their pay. Under Expansion, the able-bodied are wedged into line ahead of the disabled, mentally ill and elderly who’ve been waiting.

Editorial writers at the Wichita Eagle and their lock-step newspaper brethren around the State smile and nod. Get the Governor. That’s their Plan. It’s happening.

Kansas workers and business owners know who pays—they will. They don’t mind paying taxes, but abhor Government waste. They demand and deserve results. The Kansas Tax Bill grows with no end and no accountability in sight.

This letter was written by Rep. Chuck Weber, R-Wichita. It was also signed by Reps Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, Leo Delperdang, R-Wichita, Keith Esau, R-Olathe, Randy Garber, R-Sabetha, Brenda Landwher, R-Wichita, Randy Powell, R-Olathe, and John Whitmer, R-Wichita, and by Sens. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, and Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita.

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