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Davis opposed pipeline tax break

The voters of Washing?ton, Clay, Dickinson, Marion, Butler and Cowley counties have a special interest in the Nov. 4 election. In 2006 the Kansas Legislature passed a law, KSA 79-227, that gave TransCanada LLC a 10-year property-tax abatement for the proposed Keystone Cushing Extension Pipeline.

I lived in Marion County for 50 years before moving to Madison in 2011. My farm was in the original easement for the Keystone Cushing Extension Pipeline.

The pipeline constructed in 2010 passes through the six counties mentioned above would have had property taxes estimated in excess of $20 million per year or more than $3 million for each county.

TransCanada LLC, a large Canadian Energy company has revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars and pays property taxes in all of the states north and south of Kansas that the Keystone pipeline system passes through.

The 2006 bill that became the KSA 79-227 law had its birth in the Kansas Senate and House Energy Com?mittees; the chair of the Senate Energy Committee was Sen. Jay Emler.

When the bill to exempt Keystone property taxes came up for a vote in the Kansas House of Repre?sentatives, Rep. Paul Davis was one of 15 to vote against the tax give-away to a mega foreign energy company.

Paul Davis knew that TransCanada had already received more than $55 million in tax credits from the Kansas Commerce Commis?sion and that the local property taxes would be needed by the six rural counties to pay for services like road maintenance, law enforcement and fire protection which would be used by the pipeline.

In early 2014, Gov. Brown?back appointed Sen. Jay Emler to a seat on the Kan?sas Corporation Commis?sion, the three-member board charged with overseeing utility rates for Kansas. Seems like a fox with a bow tie has been put in the chicken house.

Paul Davis had your interests in the forefront in 2006 and as governor of Kansas he will continue to serve your interests. Vote Paul Davis for governor of Kansas.

Harry E. Bennett

Madison, Wis.

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