Daily Archives: March 10, 2013

Kansans not sold on expanding liquor sales

Do Kansans want to shop for hard liquor at the same places they buy their gas and groceries? “The people in our state do not want this changed,” state Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby, said about the bill to expand liquor sales to grocery and convenience stores and big retailers. And a SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, found 54 percent of Kansans against the move. When asked whether people younger than 21 should be allowed to handle and sell hard liquor under such a law change, 76 percent said “no.” An earlier poll by Public Opinion Strategies found 66 percent of Kansans against changing the law.

Delegation helped protect affordable airfares – for now

Good for area members of the House Appropriations Committee for fighting off an attempt to defund the Kansas Affordable Airfares Program. The $5 million in funding recommended by Gov. Sam Brownback had been stripped out of the budget by the House Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee. Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, complained that the program was supposed to last only five years and questioned whether it was providing a good return on investment, according to Dale Goter, Wichita’s government relations director. But Reps. David Crum, R-Augusta, Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, and Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, successfully restored the funding, arguing that it was particularly crucial to attracting and retaining Southwest Airlines. The funding likely will continue to be a target, however, as lawmakers try to close the state budget gap.

So they said

“I think that would be discussed during Celebrate Freedom Week.” – Wichita superintendent John Allison (in photo), on whether legislators discuss governmental checks and balances as they pass meddling education bills such as the Celebrate Freedom Week mandate (via The Eagle’s Suzanne Perez Tobias)

“This whole #ksleg gig is like college. Except everyone hates booze. And strip clubs.” – freshman state Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, on Twitter

“Most of the nation will wake up Friday morning and yawn.” – U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, before the sequestration cuts kicked in March 1