Tackling the Issues

By: Michelle Rosel
By: Michelle Rosel

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If you're still undecided on who to vote for in the governor's primary, this may help.

Our KAKE Scientific Poll found that taxes is one of the most important factors for voters when deciding which candidate to support. KAKE News talked to each candidate specifically about government spending, and raising your taxes.

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Knight says, "I'm not sure it's possible to keep quality education, keep corrections and prisons the way they ought to be, and to take care of vulnerable citizens and not do it."

Tim Shallenburger says, "I won't raise taxes. I believe people are right, that people in Topeka have enough money."

Dave Kerr says, "Our first obligation to taxpayers, is to reduce spending in every conceivable way."

We also asked each candidate: are there ways to cut government spending, how much and where?

Knight says, "I think everyone is going to have to tighten their belt. You have to try and find a way to deliver services at lowest costs, and still be able to provide that for those who need it."

Shallenburger says, "We need to find ways to be more efficient, cut overhead, and not raise taxes."

Kerr says, "I think we need to have bi-annual budgeting. I think that will uncover some additional things we haven't found."

The KAKE scientific poll found about a third of all voters feel taxes and government spending are the most important issues when picking a gubernatorial candidate.

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