Kansas Chamber Statement Governor's 2013 State of the State Address

January 17, 2013

Contact:

Emily Mitchell
785.357.6321
emilym@kansaschamber.org

Topeka, Kan. (January 15, 2013) - "We applaud Governor Brownback's continued efforts to reduce the size and scope of state government and, in turn, lessen the burden on the private sector," stated Mike O’Neal, President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber.

Both the administration and the legislature were elected on a job and economic growth platform. The Kansas Chamber respectfully suggests that tax increases are not a part of a pro-growth, pro-job creation mix.

“Our members want an efficient state government that provides the essential services of government, but one that does not present an unnecessary burden or impediment to economic growth. Our members want less money taken out of their pockets and less government intrusion in their personal and business lives. Government does not provide true economic growth for the state. The private sector is the economic engine for the state and we look forward to working with the Brownback administration to continue to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen of the state. As businesses thrive, so does the revenue available to provide essential services,” said O’Neal.

"While we wholeheartedly support Governor Brownback's efforts to systematically reduce corporate and individual income taxes, legislators did make a promise to taxpayers to allow .6 of the sales tax increase of 2010 to expire this year. We will oppose any effort to break that promise to Kansas taxpayers to justify the government spending status quo,” O’Neal added.

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The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, go to www.kansaschamber.org.