2014 Newsletter Sponsor
The Center for Better Hearing
3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200
Wichita, KS  67226-1334
316-858-3334
www.thecenterforbetterhearing.com
 


WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 82 Years 
Vol. 75 No. 12                December 2014


 

 

The December WIBA luncheon is a holiday event. This year we will have the privilege of being entertained by the Northeast High School Madrigals. Put on a smile and come join us in some holiday cheer! 


If, by chance, there is a "snow day" the madrigals will not be able to attend due to the school closing. In which case we will be entertained by members of the Salvation Army. In either case, one of the Army's kettles will be there for donations. 

 

The luncheon will be held at the Wichita Boathouse, home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St., from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $20. Reservations are REQUIRED by Friday, Dec. 5. 

Reservations and payment can be made online at www.wiba.org, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing membership@wiba.org

   

First Time Guest and New Member Sponsors



Prize Drawing Sponsor
www.meritrustcu.org

Prize Drawing sponsors needed for 2015. Contact Judy at 316-201-3264 or email membership@wiba.org. 

Important Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Notice - Important Notice

WIBA will no longer invoice for luncheons!

 

Pay at door with check, cash or credit card or; you can register and pay online through our web site (http://www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar/); or through the emailed luncheon announcement you receive each month. 


Chairman's Column - November 2014

THE STATE'S BUDGET ISSUES


 
The State of Kansas fiscal year begins July 1.  Facing a $287 million deficit for this fiscal year with only a half year to go means cuts, probable layoffs, reduced services, and/or tax and fee increases.  The number would be larger but the State can use $380 million in reserves.  The projected deficit for FY 2016, which begins July 1, is another $430 million.

 

While most legislators, including Speaker Ray Merrick, favor balancing the budget with expenditure cuts, Senate President Susan Wagle has said that legislators need to "evaluate both the tax and spending side of the ledger to meet that obligation, once again, with Kansas families and taxpayers as our top priority."

 

Last session it was Wagle who prevented the House-passed bill that would allow merchants to refuse to do business with customers on religious grounds from getting through the Senate.  WIBA saw the bill as an encroachment more like what we expect from Washington than from Kansas legislators.  In blocking the bill President Wagle saved the Governor from a terrible predicament - anger either his House supporters or the Kansas business community and others who saw the bill as condoning discrimination.

 

As for the Governor, we may learn his direction in his January State of the State speech.  Or he may make it a purely budget directed presentation.  From a variety of sources in Topeka we may get some creative uses of "no increase in taxes" or dissertations on the difference between a tax and a fee.

 

State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan has said, at a meeting with WIBA members and in other venues, that the State can achieve $150 million in expense reductions through consolidations and economies.

 

One of the areas most likely to be looked to as a source of funds is what has come to be called the State Bank of KDOT, in reality the Kansas Department of Transportation.  More than $1.5 billion has been transferred from the KDOT budget for other purposes by both parties, Democratic and Republican administrations, since 2000.  This is a relatively recent phenomenon.  From 1989 to 2000 Kansas protected its capital investments even in difficult budget years.

 

KPERS, the State employee retirement system needs an additional $50 million in the upcoming fiscal year and another $55 million in the following fiscal year.  If additional funding for KPERS is not forthcoming there is a good chance for yet another downgrade to the State's bond ratings.

 

Hanging over the entire budget discussion is a Kansas Supreme Court decision on "funding adequacy" for K-12.  The second year requires another $500 million in increased spending.

 

Speaker of the Kansas House Ray Merrick is in a unique position.  He is expected to retire after he finishes his two year term.  That means he has fewer concerns than others about how his actions might impact the 2016 elections.  The first indicators of his direction will come as he makes committee appointments.

 

As we prepare for the January 12th start of the 2015 Legislative Session, we hope all WIBA members will reach out to their Kansas Legislators and share your thoughts on how you like the budget deficit solved.    

Joe Johnson

WIBA Chairman of the Board
 


WIBA Legislative Survey Results

 

Your answers to our recent legislative survey do provide direction for WIBA as we approach the 2015 Kansas Legislative Session.  The first and third most important issues to you did not change from last year:


 

1        Decrease business regulations/mandates

3        Provide adequate funding for K-12 education funding

 

Moving up to second was "Invest in workforce development and technical training."  With over 47 percent of you expressing that Kansas does not have an adequately trained workforce to meet your needs it should not be a surprise that technical training and education are on the minds of independent businesses.  One of the real successes coming from Topeka has been the results from S.B. 155, which provided funds for high school students to attend and get credit at area technical and community colleges.


 

WIBA Renewals

Americans for Prosperity Kansas

Association  of Mechanical Sheet 

     Metal Contractors of Kansas Inc.

Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning

Commercial Laundry Sales and Service

Law Offices of Phil Crowther

E. L. Bailer Indoor Advertising/Coupon Chuck Wichita

Calvin Dean Homolka II, Attorney

Hotel at Old Town

Imperial American Oil Corporation

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

KMUW - FM 89

  

Lincoln Independent Business Association

MLK Enterprises, Inc.

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

Pioneer Balloon Company

Law Office of Keith Richey

Sedgwick County Association of Cities aka SCAC

The United Warehouse Company

Trends Specialties

Valley Center Chamber of Commerce

Wichita Business Journal

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce



Welcome New WIBA Members!

DESIGN SPECIFICS INC.

10202 Alamo

Wichita, KS 67212-1291

Shirley Noah, 316-393-4577

shirleyn@designspecificsinc.com

Interior Design

 

GO WICHITA

515 S. Main

Wichita, KS 67202-3704

Lynne Smith, 316-265-2800

lsmith@gowichita.com

www.gowichita.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

LABOR READY

4925 W. Central

Wichita, KS 67212-2349

Angie McGinn, 316-945-2010

amcginn@laqborready.com

www.laborready.com

Employment Services

Referred by: Tawnya Anderson - 

Metro Appliances & More

 

  

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION/

AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION

8630 E. 32nd Ct., N.

Wichita, KS 67226-4007

Angela Breer, 316-265-4238

angela.breer@heart.org

www.heart.org/wichita

Health Care and Health Services

Referred by: Tawnya Anderson - 

Metro Appliances & More

 

RODAN + FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS

2618 N. Northshore Ct.

Wichita, KS 67205-1078

Shala Holeman, 316-617-4900

shalaholman@yahoo.com

Beauty and Skin Care Services

Referred by: Cindy Kellick - Insights
Career Consulting, L.L.C.

 

WIBA members will receive $25 off of their next year's dues for referring a new member! 

 

  

 

HEALTH CARE LAW OFFERS NEW INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS

 

Trying to find health insurance for your employees?

 

Check out the Small Business Health Options Program-SHOP-part of the new Health   Insurance Marketplace. The SHOP Marketplace gives you a choice of quality, private health insurance plans, and information and tools to help your compare and choose the one that works best for your company and your employees.

Read more.......


  One Source
WIBA December Calendar 

Tues. Dec. 2      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264

 

Tues. Dec. 9     11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264


 

 

Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba@wiba.org 

or online at www.wiba.org/wibacalendar
  
PUBLICATION OFFICE
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 
Wichita, KS 67202 
316-201-3264 
Fax 316-201-3268 
WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 
WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org  


 President 

Tim Witsman 
Manager Insurance Services 
Karen Fillenworth 
Manager Membership Services 
Judy Whiley 
Governmental Affairs Consultants 
Natalie Bright and Marlee Carpenter 
Employee Benefits Consultant
David Hornick
OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
 
Joe Johnson, Chairman of the Board
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates
316-684-0171 
Emily Compton, 1st Vice Chair 
Goodwill Industries of KS, 316-744-9291
James E. Dunning Jr., Treasurer  
Dunning & Dunning LTD, 316-264-7203 
Sue Joachims, Secretary  
Real Solutions, 316-214-5528 
Alicia Holloway, Immediate Past Chairman 
Right Recruiting, 316-519-2662


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