Over the last few weeks, I held town hall meetings in Norton, Logan, Wallace, Sumner and Cheyenne Counties. We had tremendous turnouts in all locations, and I was grateful for everyone's comments and input. We had candid discussions about everything from agriculture to Medicare reform as well as talked about ways to boost our economy.
I was pleased to meet with several Kansas businesses that are striving to do their part to boost the economy and create jobs. I spent time with Barton Solvents in El Dorado, Sure Fire Ag Manufacturing in Atwood, McCarty Brother's Dairy in Thomas County, and with Google Fiber in Kansas City. Thanks to these companies and many others, there are good things happening throughout our state. Jobs are being created and innovation and entrepreneurship that our economy badly needs is spreading throughout our region. The biggest job remaining is to stop the avalanche of regulatory nightmares which will impede their progress, success and importantly, their growth.
While in Kansas, I also met with many of you who are involved with various groups, including the Decatur County Farm Bureau Association, Goodland Rotary, the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, Wichita Downtown Rotary, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Harvey County Economic Development Council and El Dorado community leaders. Your input into our local communities and state are always needed and welcome.