I was very excited to have Mica Huskey, Haley Yancy, Carlos Balderas, & Joshua Diazdeleon as pages Monday. I also want to thank Naomi Vargas and Tiffany Bottum for bringing them. I am always so proud of the youth that represent our community in Topeka.
Shannon Francis with Mica Huskey, Haley Yancy, Carlos Balderas, Joshua Diazdeleon, Naomi Vargas and Tiffany Bottum
Late last week I had the opportunity to visit with Al Shank, of Al Shank Insurance, about legislative issues relating to insurance. In particular there is a bill raising the minimum liability amount on car insurance. The issue needs to be thought out carefully so we understand the consequences.
Nick Hatcher & Tom Willis of Conestoga Energy were in town for meetings on ethanol. HB 2401 would put an excise tax of 4.33% on wind and ethanol production. At a dinner we attended with the House Agriculture Chairman Sharon Schwartz, she lamented about what feels like attacks on agriculture, our number one industry. SB 178 which is estimated to increase property taxes on ag land by 457% is another example.
Jack and Chris Carlile visited while they were in town for the funeral of Jack’s brother, Terry. Phyllis Carlile, Jack’s Mom, has a great message when asked which child is her favorite. “My favorite is the one that needs me most.” My heart and prayers go out to the Carlile family on their recent loss.
Duane Dunn, President of SCCC/ATS, was in town for Board of Regents meetings. I was pleased when he told me that the Kansas Community College System has the highest rate in the nation of students who eventually obtain a four year degree. In 2010, Seward County was ranked 33rd among all community colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly.