The 2015 legislative session has (thankfully) ended. Now we simply have to live with the consequences until the budget shortfall will likely be addressed again in the next budget session.
However, all is not doom and gloom coming out of Topeka these days. Fortunately, we have a legislator in the 113th district who seems to be a voice for reason amidst all of the grandstanding and political maneuvering that went on at the end of the recent legislative session.
St. John farmer Greg Lewis was not elected by a vote of the people. He was elected in a special convention of Republican Party committee members from the 113th district to fill the unexpired term of J. Basil Dannebohm, who resigned for health reasons. However, he appears to take very seriously the charge to represent the people of this district, which includes Pratt County.
The Pratt Tribune published many of his newsletters. What I read was a common sense perspective on state government that was not based in ideology but rather a sincere desire to do what is best for Kansas and the citizens of the 113th District. Representative Lewis did not vote for the sales tax bill supported by the Brownback administration. Here’s his response to the Senate’s version of this bill, which represented the largest tax increase in state history:
“We need real revenue reform – and that reform shouldn’t pit hard-working Kansas families against businesses and special interests. I am very concerned by what seems to be a willingness to expand the imbalance of the tax burden and places it more heavily on Kansas families working hard to provide food, shelter and education for themselves and their children.”
Hopefully, Greg will be able to maintain his independence and values in the face of what I am certain are strong pressures to do otherwise. Hopefully, he will not become disillusioned by the whole process.
Incidentally, Greg was one of several state legislators who declined their salary once the legislative session reached May 17.
Kansas needs more legislators like Greg Lewis. His common sense approach to representing us is sorely lacking in Topeka.

The 2015 legislative session has (thankfully) ended. Now we simply have to live with the consequences until the budget shortfall will likely be addressed again in the next budget session. However, all is not doom and gloom coming out of Topeka these days. Fortunately, we have a legislator in the 113th district who seems to be a voice for reason amidst all of the grandstanding and political maneuvering that went on at the end of the recent legislative session. St. John farmer Greg Lewis was not elected by a vote of the people. He was elected in a special convention of Republican Party committee members from the 113th district to fill the unexpired term of J. Basil Dannebohm, who resigned for health reasons. However, he appears to take very seriously the charge to represent the people of this district, which includes Pratt County. The Pratt Tribune published many of his newsletters. What I read was a common sense perspective on state government that was not based in ideology but rather a sincere desire to do what is best for Kansas and the citizens of the 113th District. Representative Lewis did not vote for the sales tax bill supported by the Brownback administration. Here’s his response to the Senate’s version of this bill, which represented the largest tax increase in state history: “We need real revenue reform – and that reform shouldn’t pit hard-working Kansas families against businesses and special interests. I am very concerned by what seems to be a willingness to expand the imbalance of the tax burden and places it more heavily on Kansas families working hard to provide food, shelter and education for themselves and their children.” Hopefully, Greg will be able to maintain his independence and values in the face of what I am certain are strong pressures to do otherwise. Hopefully, he will not become disillusioned by the whole process. Incidentally, Greg was one of several state legislators who declined their salary once the legislative session reached May 17. Kansas needs more legislators like Greg Lewis. His common sense approach to representing us is sorely lacking in Topeka.