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Moran knocks regulations in McLouth talk

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran

May 5, 2011

In Kansas, sometimes economic development means whether your town has a grocery store.

That was a sentiment Sen. Jerry Moran shared with other members of Congress, the Hays Republican told people attending Wednesday’s Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative annual meeting at McLouth High School.

Moran, serving as guest speaker for the event as a stop on his Statewide Listening Tour, led off the meeting discussing the need to cut the federal budget and curb federal spending.

He also stressed the importance of reducing the number of regulations, with small businesses, for instance. Moran shared a discussion he had with owners of Grandma Hoerner’s near Topeka, which has a line of organic foods and has been in business about 25 years. They said they weren’t sure they would open the business today because of added rules and regulations.

Moran shifted gears to EPA‘s excessive regulations, saying they also hinder workers in Kansas, particularly farmers.

Continuing on his discussion of federal spending, Moran said there was “good news” in that for the first time while he’s been in Congress, he’s hearing most legislators saying “what can we cut instead of what can we spend.”

Moran then wrapped up his speech.

“They asked me to speak for 10 minutes and I spoke for 30. I’m a U.S. Senator,” he joked.

At the annual meeting, in its 67th installment this year, members also had an election of three members of their board of trustees and heard reports from Kansas Electrical Power Company and Kansas Electric Co-op.

Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative serves 6,800 members in Atchison, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson and Leavenworth counties, as well as Fort Leavenworth.

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