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The Vote For Four

Of all the votes I’ve been asked to cast as the City Council Member for District 6, voting to replace Jonathan Schumm has been by far the most complex. There are quite a few issues to balance in this decision, none of them easy on their own. I thought I might run though a few…

My Thoughts on Nudity & Vaping

Its been an interesting couple of days talking with folks in the lead up to tonight votes to ban public nudity and add vaping to the our existing smoking ban. As I mentioned in the meeting, I was overwhelmed with feedback from constituents and I can’t say thank everyone enough who took the time to…

Transient Guests, Their Money, & Our Future

Guests in our community make up a big chunk of the money we can spend in Topeka. Part of our role on the Transient Guest Tax (TGT) Committee is to determine how to best reinvest that revenue to help maintain our ability to stay competitive in a tough industry. We’re surrounded by communities also fighting for the same guests, conferences, festivals,…

Why Contracted Services Matters

There is always quite a bit of chatter when the City talks about granting money to not-for-profits. I’ve received emails from both sides of the discussion. Some folks are adamant it’s not the government’s role to use tax money for things outside of infrastructure, public safety and the like. On the flip-side are folks who…

Heartland Park: The Vote

Too often in the history of our community we have made what I would consider to be economic blunders, or generally shot ourselves in the foot. In years gone by, I’m told we had the chance to build the ExpoCenter downtown between two hotels. However, because the folks who owned them could have made quite…

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