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January 22, 1992


Lawrence business people would prefer to stay in the 2nd Congressional District than be moved by congressional reapportionment into the 3rd District, which includes Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

A Lawrence Chamber of Commerce survey found that 67 percent of respondents want to remain in the 2nd District, which currently also includes Topeka and Manhattan. Fourteen percent said they would prefer to be included in the 3rd District, while 19 percent registered no opinion.

Opponents of moving Douglas County into the 3rd District have said that local needs would more likely get short shrift in a district that included the rapidly growing Kansas City metropolitan area.

The chamber survey garnered responses from 503 about 30 percent of the organization's members.

Other responses on questions about legislative issues included:

47 PERCENT opposed a uniform statewide property tax mill levy to fund public education; 29 percent favored it, while 24 percent had no opinion.

62 percent favored creation and financing a state self-insurance fund for state buildings such as Hoch Auditorium.

36 percent opposed transferring governance of the state's community colleges to the Kansas Board of Regents; 28 percent supported the concept, while 36 percent had no opinion.

60 percent favored a policy of qualified admissions for Kansas high school graduates who apply to Board of Regents' universities.

39 percent opposed creation of a basic health care plan for all Kansans, while 28 percent favored the idea and 33 percent had no opinion.

79 PERCENT favored restrictions on wastes from other states being brought into Kansas for disposal or treatment.

45 percent opposed placing initiatives on the general election ballot, while 44 percent favored the concept and 11 percent had no opinion.

64 percent favored term limits for both state and federal legislators.

35 percent opposed creation of a state-operated worker's compensation fund, while 31 percent favored it and 34 percent had no opinion.

An equal number 43 percent both favored and opposed requiring employers of 50 or more people to allow up to 10 weeks' unpaid leave every two years for family and medical leave.

44 PERCENT supported increasing state revenues, with a sales tax increase and an upper-bracket income tax hike garnering the most support. Fifty-six percent of respondents favored the state maintaining its current revenue base, with most supporting an across-the-board spending freeze with cuts in the budgets of selected agencies.

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