Yoder visits Fairfax area in KCK

State Rep. Pam Curtis, left, visited with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder today at a meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
State Rep. Pam Curtis, left, visited with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder today at a meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., was the keynote speaker at the Fairfax industrial Association at the group’s monthly luncheon today.

More than 100 people attended this event, which was held at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan.

“The best thing now is Congress is in recess. Congress needs to work together to get things done. However, we did get a lot done. We did get a lot of bills passed,” Rep. Yoder said.

When asked if he planned to hold a job fair in Wyandotte County, as currently he is holding job fairs in Johnson County, Rep. Yoder said, “I would love to get a job fair in Wyandotte County; however things have not worked out that way. However, we have tried to work out something with Work Force Partnership in the past. This is mainly due to a scheduling conflict.”

When asked what he thinks of a new ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new compliance regulations, Rep. Yoder said, “We need to delay this ruling. It is not fair for the power companies to meet these compliance regulations right away. We definitely need to delay this ruling, after all it would put too much of a burden on the general consumer. It would cause too much of an increase on the general consumer’s utility bill, particularly for those who are on a fixed income. This is something I’m totally against.”

Toward the end of the meeting a member of the audience asked what is going to happen to the student loan situation.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., addressed the meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association today in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., addressed the meeting of the Fairfax Industrial Association today in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

It is very hard for a person fresh out of college to find a job. The graduates are burdened by the student loans later on in life.

“We need to get back to the basics,” Rep Yoder said. “We need to encourage colleges and universities to help the recent graduates find jobs in their chosen fields and while in college make the loans more affordable so everyone can get a higher education if they choose to do so.”

At the end of the meeting Congressman Yoder walked around and shook everyone’s hand and thanked them for attending the meeting.

The Fairfax Industrial Association met today in the auditorium of the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
The Fairfax Industrial Association met today in the auditorium of the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

I-435 lane to reopen earlier than scheduled

An I-435 lane over the Metropolitan Avenue bridge will be reopening earlier than expected, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Originally scheduled to reopen on Friday, Aug. 15, the lane now will reopen at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 14, a KDOT spokesman said.

The bridge deck is being repaired on I-435, between Kansas Avenue and K-32.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and the entire Kansas City metro area can be viewed online anytime at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.