Ed Trimmer: My end of session dilemma
I have missed only five votes in 10 years with three of them coming at the end of this yearâ€™s session. I do take my legislative responsibilities seriously. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 266 weeks ago Why do businesses need to pay income taxes? There should be no “income tax” on a business. Only individuals. PLEASE explain to my what businesses need to pay INCOME tax. Report Reply 4 replies · active 266 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down paycheck 2 paycheck · 266 weeks ago Because that is the owners income. They should pay taxes on the profit.. Report Reply 1 reply · active 266 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Taxpayer · 266 weeks ago Here is a Trimmer quote that I will remember at election time. “The impact of my absence from the Legislature was, at this specific time, minimal” Trimmer’s impact for us has been “minimal” for the entire time he has been there. He should have been in the Legislature representing us. Instead he was screwing around in Europe. I hope everyone remembers this in his next bid for office. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down dusty · 266 weeks ago I don’t know that it matters to anyone what he does or what Sunshine Sammy does either and add in Obama,The slate needs to be cleaned at STATE LEVEL and WHITE HOUSE LEVEL.its gotten to be a total joke at both levels and all any of them want to do is continue to raise taxes on everyone when they think they need money!Once no one has ever talked about making CUTS,this USA is heading in wrong direction for sure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 266 weeks ago Obviously he forgot that he represents USD 353 (Wellington) when he donated his wages for the missing day. Not surprised. What does surprise me is that he even bothered to post his defense statement in a WELLINGTON news article. He seems to forget about Wellington every chance he gets. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down guest · 266 weeks ago Mr. Trimmer glad you were able to go on your trip. If the tables were turned and lets say you made a decision that put, let’s say teachers out of work and they had planned a trip ahead of time which cost money to cancel and prior to your vote, they would have to cancel their trip… well because their funds now would become essential to live on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down rural rebel · 266 weeks ago So the few days he missed is donated. Those donations are more than my monthly retirement check. Our states’s budget is way out of balance but I can see where some cuts need to be made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The salary I received for days 91 â€“ 108, will be donated to the following school student councilsWinfield Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $648Oxford Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $324UdallÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $324Belle PlaineÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $324I will continue to advocate for a fair and sustainable system of state revenues, not one that places the majority of the tax burden on working people while the wealthiest of our states residents receive the largest benefit from our tax system.Follow us on Twitter. I did not vote for the largest tax increase in the history of Kansas, while members of the Republican super-majority did. Commentary by Ed Trimmer, State Representative 79th District â€” On Sunday, June 7,Â Â I was faced with a dilemma. My wife and I had been planning to leave on a trip to Europe on June 10. It was a group trip through â€œEducation Firstâ€ that included nine adults and eight students from the Winfield area.Ed TrimmerWe had been planning this trip for over 14 months. Our payments were non-refundable. The problem I had was that the Kansas Legislature was still in session, the longest session ever, and had only one task left; to pay for a budget that was $408 million in the red, a budget for which I did not vote.When the Governor announced he would veto any bill that taxed businesses, which currently pay no income tax, I knew the only alternative for the legislature was to raise sales taxes on working people, raise property taxes, and/or cut income tax deductions.At that point I knew my vote would be NO on any tax plan. Since an absence essentially counts as a NO vote, I decided to go on the trip. With that decision made, I contacted the House Minority Leaderâ€™s Office, Legislative Administrative Services, and spoke to a number of my colleagues both Democrat and Republican. I made sure I would not be paid for the time I missed.As it turned out, I missed three votes. One for the tax plan on which I would have voted NO and two bills that were fixes for problems created by poorly crafted legislation, which I previously had opposed. The bills that were fixes passed with large margins and did not need my vote. The impact of my absence from the Legislature was, at this specific time, minimal while the importance of the trip to my wife was immense.During my trip, the media questioned my absence and reported that they did not know where I was or why I was absent. All they had to do was ask the Minority Leader or Legislative Administrative Services. I did not hide the fact that I would be gone. I do understand that pretending not to know my whereabouts makes for a much more interesting story.Should anyone question my responsibility to my constituents, I hope my explanation will suffice. Had there been a bill that needed my vote to pass, I would have remained in Kansas. Since that was not the case, I decided that my family should come first. I would like to make just a few more observations just in case there are those who would like to turn my trip into political theatre:I am not the reason the session went for a record 113 days and there was no way to predict it would when my wife and I made plans for our trip. I was not the only legislator in this position.