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Ex-Aid Lobbying Against Tobacco Tax Increase

Associated Press - March 29, 2015 7:08 pm

Gov. Sam Brownback’s former chief of staff is lobbying against a proposed tax increase on tobacco, one of the governor’s primary proposals to balance the state’s budget.

Kansas secretary of state’s records show David Kensinger registered as a lobbyist for Reynolds American on Feb. 6. That is six weeks after Kensinger was asked by Budget Director Shawn Sullivan to give feedback on a proposed state budget.

Kensinger confirmed he was representing an opponent of the tax increase, but declined to say if he began talks with Reynolds before the budget was made public, or whether his knowledge that a tax increase would be proposed helped him land the contract.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley says Kensinger’s tobacco contract is a blatant conflict of interest.

Associated Press Information from: The Wichita Eagle

Keith Davis

March 30, 2015 at 2:35 am

SML Hensley is simply mad because he and the rest of the supporters of the tax increase have met resistance. Go get them Kensinger !

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