Taxpayers shouldn’t fund lobbying
How much taxpayer money is being spent lobbying the Legislature? That is a figure that no one in the mainstream Kansas media seems interested in discovering or taking the effort to compile.
I was one of a number of people who testified in support of Senate Bill 109, which would end the common – and expensive to taxpayers – practice of funding government lobbyists at the Statehouse.
There should be a public debate on how much of our tax funds should be used by counties, cities, school districts and other local governmental bodies to lobby state government. I have opposed taxpayer-funded lobbyists who support increased taxing authority, restricting citizens’ ability to force tax referendum votes, and seeking to expand the use of eminent domain to take private property.
I opposed taxpayer-funded lobbyists before I was elected as a Sedgwick County commissioner. I support the ability of all citizens to communicate and petition their elected officials at all levels, but I have experienced the opposition from lobbyists who use our tax funds. Taxpayer-funded lobbying is wrong.
It seems state Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, is having a heyday dreaming up bills to submit to the Legislature. Why he thought it would be in the best interest of the state to deny our county health departments national accreditation defies logic (Feb. 19 Local & State).
Though generating publicity for himself may be his first priority, I nevertheless suggest that O’Donnell spend his time learning the ropes from seasoned legislators, studying bills on the agenda and, lest he forget, understanding and representing the needs of his constituents.
I’m also suggesting a nickname: “Loose Cannon O’Donnell.”
We are Midtowners who are supporting Janet Miller for the District 6 Wichita City Council position. Miller not only looks at the big picture when she considers what is good for Wichita, she also takes an interest in the needs of individual constituents. She listens to our requests and follows up on them when we need her help with neighborhood issues. She has been fair in her handling of these issues, serving as a mediator on occasion when it was necessary.
Miller has the experience necessary to work with businesspeople and help them be successful, leading to job growth. She understands that jobs are the best way to keep and improve the services that citizens need and want.
She also has been active in our neighborhood development, bridging cultures and bringing together those of varying backgrounds who reside in District 6.
Miller has the skill and the experience to handle all the issues that have an impact on the city.