Missouri Sen. Will Kraus — who gets paid by taxpayers to do his job — doesn’t like taxes. Heck, he’ll tell you so.
For instance, the Lee’s Summit Republican is against extending a half-cent sales tax in Kansas City, a tax that for decades has helped finance public transit for the poor and middle-class.
“It’s a continuation of a sales tax, and I’m a person who doesn’t like taxes. Whenever I can vote against a tax, that’s what I’m going to do,” Kraus told The Star.
This is the kind of simplistic, unthinking world view Missourians have come to expect from one-note politicians like Kraus, who wants to burnish his ultra-conservative stances every chance he gets. (Check out his Kraus for secretary of state page.)
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The only reason Kraus has a job and influence over public policy is that the state of Missouri collects billions in taxes every year, much of it spent for crucial services for more than six million people in the state.
In the case of the Kansas City public transit tax, the Missouri General Assembly should not even have a say in it. Instead, Kansas Citians should decide whether they want to dun themselves for helping people get around the metropolitan area.
Fortunately, it appears even the Republican majority in the legislature will allow the sales tax to survive — whether Kraus likes it or not.
But Kraus will still win points with the anti-tax sympathizers who will appreciate him for trotting out his routine “I’m against taxes” speech.
Kraus also burnished his ultra-conservative credentials a few weeks ago, when he told The Kansas City Star he would still love to work with odious political consultant Jeff Roe.
“I plan to continue to use Jeff and Axiom Strategies,” he said. “They’ve done a great job for me.”
Unfortunately, Kraus said this after Roe was linked to a despicable commercial that mocked GOP state Auditor Tom Schweich, just days before his suicide.
Roe has hidden from Missouri media since the suicide, leaving it to people like Kraus to speak up for him.
The best way to get rid of Roe and other political consultants who use dirty campaign tricks is to defeat their candidates.
Hmm. Wonder if Kraus will be using Roe and Axiom Strategies extensively in 2016? If he does, that could be a perfect time for voters to send Kraus — and Roe — a message.