Poor Ken King, even his supporters admit he’s a tax raiser. In defending Ken “The Tax” King, fellow tax-hiking Canadian ISD board member Salem Abraham interrupted an event to claim his friend was being maligned as a tax-raiser. As proof, he circulated a document showing…

Ken King: “I’m the guy that raises taxes.”

Yep, you guessed it, that Ken King raised taxes.

The disruptive Mr. Abraham circulated a flyer titled, “Landtroop needs to get his facts straight about Canadian ISD.”

You see, State Rep. Jim Landtroop (R-Plainview) has mentioned Ken King’s admission that he’s “the guy that raises taxes.”

Why did Ken King say that? Well, because he has voted to raise taxes.

So Mr. Landtroop was merely pointing out what Mr. King has admitted. Mr. Abraham’s flyer helpfully demonstrated that, yes, Ken King voted to raise taxes from $1.16219 per $100 of property valuation in 2010 to $1.21 in 2011.

By the way, according to the Texas Education Agency’s numbers Canadian ISD was spending $37,880 per student! That’s $32 million total expenditures for 848 kids in the 2010-2011 school year (most recent from TEA). Of that, just $7,780 per kid went to instruction. Way to go, Ken and Salem!

So it looks like Mr. Landtroop had his facts right all along, and Ken King is a tax-raiser… Just like Ken King said.

Interestingly, all this took place at an event Gov. Rick Perry was holding with State Rep. Jim Landtroop. Unlike Ken King, Mr. Landtroop has pledged to oppose tax hikes, and is supporting Gov. Perry’s Texas Budget Compact.

With friends like Salem Abraham, the tax-raising Ken King is coming into even more expensive focus for HD88 voters.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”


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