Johnson County attorney James P. Zakoura has reaped the rewards of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s LLC loophole but feels he and others like him should be paying their fair share.
Johnson County attorney James P. Zakoura has reaped the rewards of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s LLC loophole but feels he and others like him should be paying their fair share. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com
Johnson County attorney James P. Zakoura has reaped the rewards of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s LLC loophole but feels he and others like him should be paying their fair share. Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com

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