Wink Hartman Issues Statement on Kansas Tax Debate

February 17, 2017

Wichita – Wink Hartman, businessman and Republican Candidate for Governor, issued the following statement regarding the Kansas Legislature’s passage of the largest tax-hike in Kansas history:

“I’m extremely disappointed by the Legislature’s decision to pass the largest tax increase in the history of Kansas and I’m encouraging the Governor to veto this misguided tax-hike. There is something fundamentally wrong with asking Kansas families to pick up the tab for Topeka’s spending problems.

This plan would kill job-creation, raise taxes on Kansas families, farms and businesses and, most importantly, fail to address the underlying problem with Topeka – an inability to live within a budget.

In 2015, the Kansas Legislature spent more than $2 million commissioning a study that identified more than $2 billion in cost-saving efficiencies. Like too much of the funds spent by our state government, that appears to be wasted money as the overwhelming majority of these recommendations were never implemented.

As a businessman, I am faced with tough choices every single day. I understand the importance of balancing a budget and the basic principle of living within your means. Topeka has consistently failed to grasp these concepts.

Today’s vote highlights the major problems facing Topeka and underscores the need for new leadership. Topeka is broken and needs to be fixed and, if elected, that’s exactly what we’ll do.”