This year both the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate voted for increased spending and increased taxes. The taxes are primarily in the form of a one cent per dollar increase in the statewide sales tax, scheduled to take effect July 1.
When the budget and taxes were debated in the Senate, several senators made the point that if a member voted in favor of increased spending, they should also vote for the tax increase. In the Senate, all members who voted for increased spending also voted for the tax increase.
But in the House, that wasn’t always the case. Several members voted for increased spending, but not the accompanying tax increase. These members are:
Deena Horst, a Republican from Salina
Melanie Meier, a Democrat from Leavenworth
Shirley Palmer, a Democrat from Fort Scott
Willie Prescott, a Republican from Osage City
Gene Rardin, a Democrat from Overland Park
Don Schroeder, a Republican from Hesston
Clark Shultz, a Republican from Lindsborg
Lee Tafanelli, a Republican from Ozawkie
Milack Talia, a Democrat from Shawnee
I’m in the process of contacting these representatives to let them explain their votes. I’ve received a few responses.
I’ll give readers one hint, though: several of these members have conservative challengers in the upcoming elections.