Jerry WilliamsWritten by Rep. Jerry Williams
October 27, 2008

No matter what your political affiliation, it is impossible to deny that the 2008 election cycle has been one for the books.  Both presidential candidates have energized their parties in ways we haven't seen for years.  Pollsters across the country are expecting record turnouts on Nov. 4th as both sides work tirelessly to mobilize their supporters.  I hope you will be part of this exciting day also by doing your civic duty and casting your ballot.

As political ads come off the television and election season finally comes to a close, it is time to get back to work.  No matter who goes to the White House- or the State House- in January, all lawmakers at every level of government in this country will face tremendous challenges in 2009.  With a deteriorating national economy, an energy crisis and out of control health care costs, we all have our work cut out for us. 

Throughout the interim, I have been working hard on behalf of you, your family, and all of District 8.  I've been making every effort to reach across party lines and move Kansas forward.  In particular, I have been active on the Interim Committee on Eminent Domain and the Joint Committee on Economic Development. 

Voters have been saying for months now that the economy tops their concerns.  The Joint Committee on Economic Development is spending these months before the next legislative session to explore ways to stimulate the economy in Kansas.  We are reviewing various options for optimizing the travel and tourism industry in the state, looking for collaborative opportunities between the private travel sector and public organizations.  STAR Bonds will also be important in 2009, as they finance the development of major commercial entertainment and tourism areas.  We are also reviewing the need for more engineers across Kansas, especially as we move forward with critical projects in transportation, aerospace, and bioscience.  And, of course, taxes will be part of the discussion as we review other state models that provide a state tax credit for aerospace companies to help stimulate this industry in Kansas. 

There is no doubt that the next year will require difficult decision-making, prioritizing, and compromise.  Despite the challenges we face, I look forward to another term of public service at the Kansas Capitol.  Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we all have the same goal: to make Kansas an even better place to live, raise a family, and do business.  We will only accomplish this goal if we work together.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your family, and God Bless America.

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