Capitol dome – In what has become an annual routine, members of the state’s Capitol Preservation Committee agreed to move forward with a project to spend $10.3 million to replace the Capitol’s copper dome and $11.3 million to replace copper sections of the roof. It makes sense to do the work now, the committee decided, because a giant construction crane already is in place for other work. On some level, that may indeed “make sense,” but only if people accept the premise that the entire $319 million renovation project makes sense for the state, especially in the current economy.
Concealed-carry – There are 111 city-owned buildings in Wichita that are now a welcome haven for anyone with a permit to carry a handgun. But one place where handguns won’t be allowed is anywhere the Wichita City Council meets. In other words, the same people who voted to approve the handguns in public buildings don’t want to be anywhere near them. It’s hypocritical – and lousy leadership, to say the least.
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Payroll tax – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, said about the payroll tax cut extension: “We were sent here with a clear set of instructions from the American people to put an end to business as usual in Washington, yet here we are being asked to sign off on yet another gimmick.” We are compelled to remind the “Big First” representative the American people do want change, but not carried on the backs of the low and middle class. Huelskamp and others’ insistence that so-called job creators, formerly known as the upper class, not pay any more taxes while not worrying whether every working American will have to pay more is not the change we’re seeking. Nor is advocating shortening the unemployment benefits for workers laid off by those job creators seeking more profit. For that matter, we need less moral legislation and more commonsense governance.
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Arts – “State of the Arts,” the slogan that will appear on new Kansas specialty license plates, is certainly more upbeat than “The State That Won’t Fund the Arts.” The state of the arts in Kansas has been uncertain since Gov. Sam Brownback last spring vetoed an appropriation for the arts approved by bipartisan majorities in both houses of the Legislature. Though we strongly disagreed with that veto, we hope the new “State of the Arts” license plates can help the Kansas Arts Commission contribute needed funding to arts programs across the state through private rather than state money.
Winfield jobs – Newell-Rubbermaid has announced it will close its plant in Greenville, Texas, and move 200 jobs to Winfield. This is the best economic news Cowley County has heard in a good while. We hope families from Greenville will consider moving to Winfield and the Cowley County area. We not only need jobs, we need young, productive families to raise the level of general prosperity in this part of Kansas.
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