Government & Politics

Wichita mayor, 2 others speak to lawmakers in Topeka

TOPEKA — Mayor Carl Brewer and his counterparts from Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan., appeared before legislative budget committees Wednesday, pledging to work together and seeking lawmakers' cooperation.

"The significance of our joint appearance today is that it symbolizes our commitment to working in support of each other, even though our respective agendas are different," Brewer told the House Appropriations Committee.

The three mayors said they hoped to work to show the Legislature the challenges local government faces.

"And, in turn, we need to understand and appreciate the huge challenge you face in these tough economic times," Brewer said.

The trio gave the same presentation to the Senate Ways and Means Committee later in the day.

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach said the cities recognized that the state and cities are going through a drastic change in how government operates.

"We don't think things are going to be the same as they used to be," he said.

"We want to be part of that because that re-engineering will affect all of us."