I have followed Senator Jeff King’s political updates in the Chanute Tribune. Sen. King is talented and has won or been appointed to numerous committees in the Legislature in addition to serving as Vice President of the Senate. His resume is impressive and he wields considerable influence as one of the leaders of the Legislature. His columns display a unique ability to pen soothing and reassuring words about the continuing financial crisis in Kansas.
Such reassurance is without value unless the root cause of the state’s crisis is addressed and corrected. In his most recent column he acknowledged this fundamental fact saying,“These revenue challenges are why I have supported repealing the LLC tax exemptions that unfairly exempt certain Kansans from income tax and not others while costing Kansas almost 300 million in annual revenue.” Sen. King continues saying, “While prospects remain slim to repeal the LLC exemption this year (given the Governor’s promised veto of such a measure), I hope the Kansas Legislature will make a new push to address this exemption going forward.” In other words, he is saying that he knows what the problem is, but he hopes somebody will do something about it sometime in the future.