From the Smith County Pioneer

-- "Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery" - Spike Milligan
"By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, He's too old to go anywhere" - Billy Chrystal
-- "Until I was 13, I thought my name was 'shut up'" - Joe Namath
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living, The world owes you nothing. It was here first" _ Mark Twain


September  Meetings: .

Sept 12th - Jane Kelsey "Walking in Darkness"

Sept 19th - Judy Nickelson "Americore at Washburn University"

Sept 26th - Junior Elder's daughter "Adventures in Teaching"



Randy Peterson - Stormont Vail
Aug 15, 2014

Duane Goossen  - The Kansas Budget

Sept. 5, 2014


Duane Goossen informed our club about the money issues that the Kansas Legislature will be facing next January.  Tax bill sin 2012 & 2013 made dramatic changes to income tax rates and will continue through 2018.  Kansas Revenue fell 700 million dollars this year.  Since most of the budget's general fund goes to support education and human services, this shortfall will greatly affect the weakest ones in our society.  It is in the Kansas Constitution that the legislature cannot borrow to fund the general budget.  In the next session, legislators will have to find a way to close this gap.  Actually Mr. Goossen suggested that we shouldn't be waiting until January to fix this problem, but with the upcoming elections it is doubtful that any changes will be made. Fixing the gap may involve electing better law makers, pulling some money from highway funds, budget cuts and stalling some of the income tax cut.