Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Earning my vote

7/25/2014

In my 35-year career providing services to people who are intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD), I have interacted with many legislators. I have found Blaine Finch to be the best legislator with whom I have worked. He is always willing to listen and ready to help.

Finch worked closely with me this year to craft COF Training Service’s Tax-Weight-Loss proposal into a bill. The plan would increase opportunities for people who have I/DD to find gainful employment, decrease reliance on tax-funded services, and provide benefits to employers by incentivizing them to hire Kansans who have I/DD.

In my 35-year career providing services to people who are intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD), I have interacted with many legislators. I have found Blaine Finch to be the best legislator with whom I have worked. He is always willing to listen and ready to help.

Finch worked closely with me this year to craft COF Training Service’s Tax-Weight-Loss proposal into a bill. The plan would increase opportunities for people who have I/DD to find gainful employment, decrease reliance on tax-funded services, and provide benefits to employers by incentivizing them to hire Kansans who have I/DD.

Finch took the time to listen, learn the process, and understand the unique circumstances pertaining to people with I/DD and to the organizations that provide services to them. That’s not easy to do. Finch is the best at it that I have encountered in my career.

I have found Blaine Finch to be a reasonable and thoughtful legislator who is willing to listen and consider all angles of an issue before jumping to conclusions. That’s why Finch has earned my vote.

Chris Patton,

chief executive officer,

COF Training Services Inc.,

Ottawa

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