Daily Archives: Feb. 10, 2013

Sex-trafficking law could cost county $255,000 a year

Because of the aggressive measures taken by Sedgwick County officials, including a staffing reduction of more than 10 percent in the past couple of years, the county’s chief financial officer, Chris Chronis, was able to report to the County Commission last week that the county would avoid a budget deficit again in 2013. But among the reasons for “heartburn,” Chronis said, is the bill targeting human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, Senate Bill 61, being pushed by Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt. While acknowledging the importance of the issue, Chronis told commissioners that because the bill “would cause certain juveniles to have to be housed in the county’s juvenile corrections facilities,” the annual cost to the county would be about $255,000. “That is a new cost to Sedgwick County if that bill should be passed,” Chronis said. And it did pass the Senate the next day, on a 38-0 vote, and head for the House.

Victors highlighted as ‘political warrior’

In an Indian Country Today Media Network interview headlined “Kansas State Representative Ponka-We Victors Is a Political Warrior,” the two-term Wichita Democrat talked about being inspired to run for political office because the “weak structure of services that has left our Native people relying upon limited resources opened up my eyes at a very young age.” Victors, an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona and a member of the Southern Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, also was asked about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision in 2011 to issue an official apology to the tribes of Kansas for past wrongs in dealing with the state. Victors said: “I believe that any time a government official publicly apologizes to the Native American people and community for the wrongdoings of the past, it can only be perceived as a positive and respectful gesture. It’s an opportunity to strengthen government-to-government relationships and to move forward. I believe the governor is willing to work with the tribes of Kansas. We all need to work together, since we all have one thing in common, such as loving the state of Kansas.”

So they said

– “We’ve got a series of blue states raising taxes and a series of red states cutting taxes. Now let’s watch and see what happens.” – Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo), in the Wall Street Journal
– “My friends don’t care about unions or judicial selection. They do care about home ownership.” – Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, asking Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan about the plan to eliminate the state tax deduction for mortgage interest
– “There’s going to be a gun grab before long.” – Rep. Joe Edwards, R-Haysville, during a House hearing with Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Kirk Thompson
– “There’s still work to do on voter fraud in Kansas.” – Secretary of State Kris Kobach, telling the Kansas City Star he’s running for re-election in 2014 (and ending rumors he might challenge Sen. Pat Roberts or Gov. Sam Brownback)
– “It took the Greatest Generation 1,366 days to fight and win WWII. Over 1,600 days and still no decision from @WhiteHouse on #KeystoneXL.” – Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, in a Wednesday tweet