Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

No movement on sequester

It was no surprise that the White House meeting today with congressional leaders didn’t result in any agreement regarding the sequester. President Obama is still pushing for a “balanced approach” involving both spending cuts and revenue increases. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is having none of it. “The discussion about revenue, in my view, is over,” Boehner said.

Brownback should listen to Christie, not House panel

As Gov. Sam Brownback decides whether to allow an expansion of Medicaid in Kansas, he should listen to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (in photo), who this week became the eighth GOP governor to approve the expansion. Christie, who has been a fierce critic of the federal health care law, carefully reviewed the issue and concluded that the expansion is “the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health.” He noted that it would provide insurance to tens of thousands of low-income residents, help keep hospitals financially healthy and actually save his state money. A study by the Kansas Hospital Association found the same would be true in Kansas –and that the expansion would inject more than $3 billion into the Kansas economy over the next seven years. However, none of that appeared to matter to a Kansas House panel, which approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the expansion.

It will be great to welcome back women bowlers

Congratulations and thanks to the city of Wichita, Go Wichita, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and the Great Plains USBC Association for landing the 2019 United States Bowling Congress women’s tournament. It will bring more than 30,000 bowlers to Wichita during a three-month period and mean an $14 million economic impact for the city. As the community learned when it hosted their 2004 tournament, the women bowlers are hard to miss and a pleasure to have around – eager to have a good time and, not surprisingly, spend money while finding out what there is to do in Wichita. What’s more, the scheduling coup seems to signal that all is forgiven at the USBC over the 2011 men’s tournament, which Wichita won the right to host but later lost over a contract dispute. Let’s hope the 2019 women’s tournament leads to many more such events for Wichita.