Crosby Kemper says he’s not involved in earnings tax repeal initiative

In his day job, Crosby Kemper III is the director of the Kansas City Public Library. In his personal time, he’s a founding member of the Show-Me Institute, a libertarian think tank run by super-rich St. Louis businessman Rex Sinquefield.

So when petitions for Sinquefield’s ballot initiative to repeal the earnings tax showed up in library lobbies and speakers co-sponsored by Show-Me appeared on the library’s events’ calendar, some Kansas City residents raised their eyebrows and asked, “Are the political leanings of the library director coloring the public institution?”

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