Kansas economic policies are leading to the growth of government at the expense of private sector economic activity.
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News from alternative media around Kansas for June 25, 2010.
A group primarily composed of business owners met in Wichita on Thursday to discuss the recently passed Kansas smoking ban and what might be done to overturn it or mitigate its damage to business.
Yesterday over 200 people packed a room at Wichita State University to attend a forum of Wichita-area Kansas state legislators. The meeting was chaired by Representative Steve Brunk, a Republican who represents Bel Aire and parts of far northeast Wichita.
News from alternative media around Kansas for March 5, 2010.
The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity is working to educate Kansans on the effects of tobacco tax increases on Kansas businesses by creating a new Web site, StopTheWarOnSmokers.Com.
News from alternative media around Kansas for February 22, 2010.
Opponents to a statewide total smoking ban say anti-tobacco advocates are playing a little loose with their facts.
They have an unlikely ally in Michael Siegel, a medical doctor and professor of community health sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He's a long-standing anti-tobacco advocate, a proponent of smoking bans and a strong critic of bad science.
News from alternative media around Kansas for February 16, 2010.
In today's letter in the Eagle, Claycomb says that although the United States Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, since that right is heavily regulated, government has license to regulate smoking, as smoking isn't mentioned at all in the Constitution.
In a column in the February 27, 2008 Wichita Eagle ("Smoking ban issue not one to negotiate"), columnist Mark McCormick quotes Charlie Claycomb, co-chair of Tobacco Free Wichita, as equating a smoking section in a restaurant with "a urinating section in a swimming pool."
This is a ridiculous comparison. A person can't tell upon entering a swimming pool if someone has urinated in it. But people can easily tell upon entering a restaurant or bar if people are smoking.
The Kansas Health Policy Authority's recommendation to use a 75-cent cigarette tax increase to pay for health costs should be worrisome -- not only to smokers, but also to non-smokers and fiscally responsible legislators as well.
The approach may seem appealing at first, but such tax increases are notoriously unpredictable and regressive. Funding a high-profile need such as health care with a cigarette tax increase is particularly hazardous because it ties an inherently unstable tax to an increase in government spending.
There's a Facebook group named Vote NO on Statewide Smoking Ban (Smoking is healthier than fascism). Started by Wichita activist Wendy Aylworth, the description of the group starts with the rallying cry "We must stop this tyranny of the majority!"
Yes, we must.
Supporters of comprehensive bans on smoking often point to research findings that heart attacks decrease when smoking bans are implemented. But is this true?
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson's State of the State address Monday proposed two new taxes, a ecomprehensive statewide smoking ban, and a cabinet team to promote green energy projects. He didn't propose closing tax exemptions, and he made no mention of a way that could help Kansas make it through a fiscal shortfall.
Last night, members of the South-central Kansas legislative delegation heard from citizens in a meeting at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. The 2010 Kansas legislative session starts next week.