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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran addresses federal spending issues during McLouth visit

April 28, 2011

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— In Kansas, sometimes economic development means whether your town has a grocery store.

That was a sentiment Sen. Jerry Moran shared with other members of Congress, the Hays Republican told people attending Wednesday’s Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative annual meeting at McLouth High School.

Moran, guest speaker for the event who was making a stop on his Statewide Listening Tour, led off the meeting discussing the need to cut the federal budget and curb federal spending.

He also stressed the importance of reducing the number of regulations, with small businesses, for instance. Moran shared a discussion he had with owners of Grandma Hoerner’s near Topeka, which has a line of organic foods and has been in business about 25 years. They said they’re weren’t sure they would open the business today because of all added rules and regulations.

Moran shifted gears to EPA‘s excessive regulations, saying they also hinder workers in Kansas, particularly farmers.

Continuing on his discussion of federal spending, Moran said there was “good news” in that for the first time while he’s been in Congress, he’s hearing most legislators saying “what can we cut instead of what can we spend.”

Moran then wrapped up his speech.

“They asked me to speak for 10 minutes and I spoke for 30. I’m a U.S. Senator,” he joked.

At the annual meeting, in its 67th installment this year, members also had an election of three members of their board of trustees and heard reports from Kansas Electrical Power Company and Kansas Electric Co-op.

Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative serves 6,800 members in Atchison, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson and Leavenworth counties, as well as Fort Leavenworth.

Comments

William Weissbeck 2 years, 11 months ago

I'll agree that some regs. on mom and pop's are expensive for them, BUT carve out a special exception for them, and every Exxon, IBM and Wal-Mart will demand similar treatment. Really big businesses don't care that much about financial/accounting/OSHA regs. They protect them by making it costlier for smaller competitors. What farmers does the Senator want to help? The guy with his small acreage, or the corporation that plows to the horizon. And what's an acceptable trade-off in terms of run-off and erosion? Per the "free market" sometimes if you impose a cost, you encourage a change in practices. Of course - sometimes it's just a lot cheaper to buy a Senator than to change the way you do things.

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dinglesmith 2 years, 11 months ago

We could save several billion by not moving NBAF from Plumb Island to Manhattan, not building new Air Force refueling tankers, and eliminating farm subsidies as grain prices continue to rise. I would imagine that if the Kansas delegation opposed spending in Kansas, it would very likely be simple to eliminate...

Not going to do that, are we Jerry (and Lynn, Pat, Kevin...) Doesn't it seem a bit inconsistent to oppose all government spending except OUR government spending? Is there some magic money source for OUR government spending that is not tax or deficit related like all the rest? Just curious.

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notanota 2 years, 11 months ago

When are the rest of his stops on his statewide listening tour?

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Jimo 2 years, 11 months ago

There aren't going to be spending cuts that aren't matched by tax increases. If Moran isn't prepared to pull back in missing revenue then there's really nothing to discuss.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

i have an idea to save alot of money and fix the deficit. end the 3 wars that would save soldiers lives and money.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Ah, yes, another blanket condemnation of regulation.

How about getting specific, Jerry? Exactly which regulations would you do away with? And please let us know how you made the evaluation of these regulations. What are the benefits of these regulations? What are the costs of doing away with these regulations?

Otherwise, you're doing nothing but engaging in lazy, ideological broadsides.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

did he mention he might eliminate medicare and "give" vouchers to their mothers and fathers to buy late stage health insurance suddenly.? I bet he didn't. I think both medicare and social security could be trimmed by 2 to 5 percent but the voucher system is wild and crazy, just plain stupid.

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