Archive for Monday, May 10, 2010

Statehouse Live: Parkinson goes on offense, slams Kansas Chamber comments

May 10, 2010


— Gov. Mark Parkinson on Monday slammed the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, accusing the largest business lobbying organization in the state of “fanning the flames of partisanship.”

Parkinson took issue with a statement made Saturday by Chamber President Kent Beisner who criticized legislators who were supporting a one-cent state sales tax increase.

In that statement, Beisner said, “As of today, the Legislature has failed to address the needs and wishes of the business community. It has instead catered to the needs of those at the government trough."

Supporters of the tax increase say it is necessary to avoid further cuts to schools, Medicaid and safety-net social services.

Parkinson criticized Beisner’s comments.

“It is heartbreaking to think that somebody would equate the disabled, the elderly, school children, veterans, law enforcement and the poor to pigs at a trough, Parkinson said.

He added, “The hurtful words of the Chamber are not reflective of the Kansas I know and love, and they are not acceptable in a time of crisis.”


avoice 7 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps Beisner was talking about the myriad people on the actual State payrolls, rather than those who receive necessary benefits. Why is it that every time someone tries to open up a discussion about wasteful salaries at the State level, the conversation gets redirected to our "children and most vulnerable citizens?" There is nothing vulnerable about a Governor who gets an $8000 refrigerator installed in his office. This is the pork trough we want shut down, Governor et al.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

All the new stuff in the Statehouse is part of the renovation, isn't it?

And all decisions about the renovation are made solely by the Legislature, specifically the leadership.

And define "myriad people on the actual State payrolls." How do you think the necessary benefits are delivered, by fairies?

You shot, but you missed your target.

independant1 7 years, 10 months ago

i second that motion all for say aye all agaisnt, nay

motion passes

Mary Sucha 7 years, 10 months ago

If the Chamber of Commerce corporate welfare piggies were getting the bulk of the tax increase they would be all for the tax, however, with the bulk of this increase in revenue being trargeted for schools, and poor people, the Chamber of Commerce piggies are up in arms.

These corporate hogs are in favor the the transportation bill that passed, which uses borrowing to fund more spending on highways.

JHOK32 7 years, 10 months ago

Our entire "democracy" is bought & paid for by the highest bidder. It is called Capitalism. I do not known the facts of the $8000 refrigerator, but I would agree it does sound wasteful at first glance & it certainly deserves more scrutiny. However, if we look at the bigger picture & ask ourselves "how did our entire economy get totally dessimated so that only a very few very rich people became even incredibly more wealthy at the expense of the rest of us 99% Americans?" I think we will see the ugly truth & it doesn't take a Harvard professor of Economics to figure this one out.

WilburM 7 years, 10 months ago

The legislators -- who make about $23K per year -- might have a different idea about being "bought and paid for." Regardless of their ideology, there's not much glory or financial reward in serving. Rather, they're mostly there to try to do the right thing. Now, they often disagree about what the right thing is, but the process does work best if it can be as civil as possible.

And factually, the KS Chamber got rolled in this session, as a mod R/Dem coalition ran the place from the first day to the last.

wastewatcher 7 years, 10 months ago

The3 GOV seems to forget about the bloated payroll of the state and the fat salaries of state employees. The state has not had one lay off, while it is hard to find a large employer who hasn't had layoffs. The state is the only large employer that isn't worried, they just keep soaking the hard working citizens while they keep their cushy jobs with great pay and benefits.

tomatogrower 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure that all the teachers who have been let go would disagree with you. They aren't state employees directly, but they are paid for with tax money. Not to mention the fact that teachers had to pay for an expensive education, and continue getting an education for an ok salary. And I know some janitors and school nurses who have been let go too. Fortunately the nurses can find work elsewhere, and probably for more money. Cushy jobs, right.

geekyhost 7 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to see proof of the assertion.

neo_star 7 years, 10 months ago

Maybe Beisner would rather balance the budget by bringing back the high Kansas Franchise tax on Corporations and LLC's? Or maybe he would like us to put new business property additions back on the tax rolls since they are now exempt? Or maybe we should eliminate the property tax kickback that businesses get on Schedule K-64? Or maybe end the other business kickback on investment and jobs credits on Schedule K-34?

Beisner, kicking the bee hive ain't real smart; but then that's you.

LiberalDude 7 years, 10 months ago

Good for Parkinson. The Chamber of Commerce has become the most evil organization in America.

geekyhost 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes. Having rights is totally overrated.

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