The Mercury front page applauds Tom Phillips as he “works for free” during the days the State Legislature runs past its regularly scheduled session. Easier for some to “work free”, when their wives are MD’s and pulling in the big bucks, than others. This is just another example of why the blue collar, common person finds it difficult to fund increasingly expensive campaigns and to “work for free” when legislators play political games and run sessions longer than scheduled.
The issue that is holding legislators past the scheduled session time is Brownback’s attempt to leave the sales tax high, while cutting income tax rates. I think the accolades for Phillips isn’t that he forgoes a few bucks of legilative pay. The accolades would be when we see him vote against Brownback’s tax plan. Will someone whose spouse is in the “1%” vote to cut her State Income Tax rate, funding that cut on the backs of those having difficulty paying for groceries, clothing, etc.? Let’s pat Phillips on the back when he votes to roll back the sales tax so those less financially “fixed” can streatch paychecks and fixed income payments just a little further.