OPINION: Jim Howell

Jim Howell

Sedgwick County Commission, Fifth District

This is the time of year when many organizations and municipalities cobble together some sort of “legislative platform.” This year, Sedgwick County passed its own 2023 legislative agenda, but we also adopted a joint platform with several of the larger local entities like the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

I have read many of the various organizational and municipal legislative platforms, and it is interesting how many topics are raised. If we compiled the ideas across the platforms, we would say the collective goals are, more AND less government, more AND less regulation, more spending and less taxes. These ideas are obviously conflicting and considered together is impossible.


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To all the people who say this country is going to heck in a handbasket: most of the headline grabbing issues can be traced to mental health issues, which we as a country in the 1980’s decided we weren’t going to fund anymore. Glad to see this guy now understands the root of the problems. Behavioral care is desperately in need of proper funding. Let’s raise those taxes and get back to being a country to be proud of!

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