A bit of laughter kicked off a meeting this morning at which Sedgwick County commissioners are discussing the county’s legislative agenda for the next session.
The legislative agenda, or platform, is the county’s wishlist for funding and support from the state.
The first item on the platform asks the state for $5 million to keep low-cost airlines at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Commissioner Richard Ranzau made several challenges to the county’s position on low-cost airfares, questioning if they are, in fact, “vitally important to business travelers” and economic growth.
Ranzau also expressed concern about the Regional Economic Area Partnership having final say about how state dollars are spent to secure low airfares.
While considering whether to make any changes in the platform, Commissioner Jim Skelton said he thought he was on board with the county’s position as written. But he said he wanted to reserve the right to speak more to Ranzau and Commissioner Karl Peterjohn about their views.
“Will you hold my hand if I get stuck, manager,” Skelton asked County Manager William Buchanan.
“Figuratively and literally,” Buchanan answered.
“I better get stuck here pretty quick,” Skelton joked.