Over the past several months, an unparalleled amount of attention has been granted to a budget “shortfall” in the state of Kansas. In actuality, Kansas is projected to bring in $143 million more revenue this year than last, with that growth expected to continue next year.
I was incredulous when I read “Drop in ranking due to spending, not tax cuts,” written by executives with the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Kansas Policy Institute, which are widely known to represent corporate interests.
I believe that Gov. Sam Brownback and lobbyists have sold the majority of the Kansas legislators on some ideas that are bad for Kansas and will have serious consequences for you and me, now and in the future. The following list points out a few of my concerns.
Much has been written about Senate Bill 338, the abandoned housing bill passed by the 2016 Legislature and vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback. As mayor of the city of Topeka and 2016 president of the League of Kansas Municipalities, representing more than 600 Kansas cities, I would like to set the record straight.
So Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Howell’s latest issue is with a local public relations firm. And to such a degree that he applied pressure on subordinate staff to remove the firm from work on a county project.
As a resident of Sedgwick County and volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I was shocked to hear of a proposal to allow e-cigarette use in county buildings. This puts at serious risk the health of our community’s workers and residents.
There is a distinctly American idea that makes our structure of government unique among nations and history: Power lies with the people, and government exists only to secure their inalienable rights. Senate Bill 338 threatened that basic constitutional premise, and that’s why I vetoed the misguided legislation.