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Lowering health care insurance costs still top priority on WIBA agenda

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

The cost of health care insurance remains the top overhead cost for members of the Wichita Independent Business Association, according to a recent survey.

WIBA surveys its membership every year to decide what it will push for at state and local levels of government.

In the survey, the members said they would support reducing, from highest to lowest, individual income tax; property tax, corporate income tax, and then sales tax.

Members also said that 59 percent would support a pilot program to allow a guest worker visa program to meet workplace demands of certain Kansas businesses, while 61 percent are not using e-verify to check on employees citizenship status.

WIBA President Tim Witsman and Pete Schrepferman, owner of Johnstone Supply and chairman of the governmental affairs committee, will present the survey results to the south central Kansas Legislative delegation on Jan. 5.

These priorities will be:

• Advocate for decreasing health insurance costs

• Support repeal or challenge of the Federal Health Care programs

• Reduce the Individual Income Tax

• Decrease business regulations and mandates

• Reduce Worker’s Compensation Insurance costs

• Support state-based guest worker visa programs to meet workforce demands of Kansas businesses

• Reduce the size and cost of government

• Support issues that create a business-friendly environment

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