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Barnett v Barnett – Round Three

The Huelskamp campaign released their latest in a series of attacks on Jim Barnett, this time accusing Barnett of raising taxes.

On Wednesday, Tim Huelskamp’s campaign for Congress called on Senator Jim Barnett to explain to voters why he presents himself as a tax cutter on TV, but voted dozens of times to increase taxes on hardworking Kansans.

Barnett is misleading voters on television, radio, and in their mailboxes by touting himself as a “fiscal conservative” that cuts taxes, but his record tells a very different story.

“Jim Barnett has voted dozens of times to raise taxes on everything from income and groceries to cell phones and gasoline,” said Huelskamp spokesman David Ray. “Jim is once again trying to re-write history and fool the voters into believing that he is not a tax-hiker.”

Clearly, independent groups that monitor tax policy know the truth.  While Americans for Prosperity and Kansas Taxpayers Network have recognized Tim Huelskamp as a “Hero of the Taxpayer” and a “Taxpayer Champion,” Barnett has received miserable ratings from taxpayer groups, even as low as 8% in 2002 and 12% in 2003.

The questions we ask Jim Barnett are as follows:

1.    Why have you voted dozens of times to raise taxes on Kansans?
2.    Why do you continue to tell voters that you are a tax cutter when your record clearly shows that you are not?
3.    How can voters trust you to be a “tax cutter” in Washington, when you raised their taxes dozens of times in Kansas?

Jim Barnett’s Top 10 Tax Increases:

1.    SB 39 (2002) – Jim Barnett voted for one of the largest tax increases in modern Kansas history, voting to raise taxes by $252 million dollars.
2.    HB 2507 (2001) – Jim Barnett voted to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel.
3.    HB 2009 (2002) – Jim Barnett voted to raise sales taxes and death taxes.
4.    SB 146 (2003) – Jim Barnett votes against the Congressional Republican tax cuts of 2002 and 2003 by voting to decouple the state tax on dividend income.
5.    HB 3011 (2002) – Jim Barnett voted AGAIN to raise everyone’s gasoline taxes from 21 to 23 cents per gallon.
6.    HB 2026 (2003) – Jim Barnett AGAIN to raise everyone’s gasoline taxes.
7.    SB 265 (2003) – Jim Barnett voted to EXTEND a previous sales tax increase that he had promised would only be a temporary.
8.    HB 2596 (2001) – Jim Barnett voted to increase traffic fines to help raise more cash for state government.
9.    “No New Tax Pledge” – While Jim Barnett brags about proposing tax cuts, he refused to sign a ‘No New Tax’ pledge during his gubernatorial campaign, nor any of his Senate campaigns.
10.    HB 2034 (2001) – Jim Barnett voted to create a new sales tax on natural gas.


About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.


3 thoughts on “Barnett v Barnett – Round Three

  1. These are some pretty good facts, but I would like to see the Huelskamp campaign tell us what he plans to do rather tell us what others have done.

    Posted by kansas01 | July 28, 2010, 5:39 pm
  2. Mr. Huelskamp and his “JUST SAY NO” campaign may be “conservative”, but it is definately not proactive for the state of Kansas. In case you haven’t noticed, the entire Kansas delegation in Washington represents LESS THAN 1% of the entire House of Representatives. We need a leader who will form coalitions, engage in partnerships, and search for solutions to retain prosperity for the citizens of this State. I am definately not saying we need to hold hands with liberals, (I am against taxes and regulations as much as the next gun toting Republican) but Mr. Huelskamps strong-arm tactics and “proud to get kicked off committees attitude” are way over the top for a representative who needs to be appreciated.

    Posted by newtopolitics | July 28, 2010, 7:29 pm
  3. Sean I heard tonight at dinner that Barnett’s campaign manager was fired or quit. Is there any truth to this?

    Posted by mcphersonbulldog | July 28, 2010, 10:17 pm

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