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Bus Problems Cause Wichita Realtors To Miss Meeting With Lawmakers

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February 13, 2013

Well, their intentions were good.

Wichita-area Realtors didn’t make it to Topeka this morning for a statehouse rally to protect the mortgage interest tax deduction because their bus broke down in Emporia.

“We are camped at the Huddle House Restaurant at the (Flying J) truck stop here in Emporia, and we are talking to our waiters and waitresses about the value of home ownership,” Tessa Hultz, CEO of the South Central Kansas MLS Inc. and Wichita Area Association of Realtors, told me my phone at 10 a.m.

That’s when the rally was supposed to start. Realtors are lobbying legislators to keep the deduction, which Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed eliminating to help raise revenue.

Hultz was among 16 people who departed WAAR offices this morning at 7:15 to attend the Kansas Association of Realtors’ “Kansas Realtors Rally for the American Dream” today, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. KAR expected about 260 real estate representatives from throughout the state to attend. Hultz said six others from Wichita had skipped the bus to drive to Wichita themselves, so at least they presumably made it.

Hultz said a replacement bus was on its way to get the Realtors, but it was going to be too late for the rally or to allow enough time to meet with legislators, so they planned to head home once the bus arrived.

She was calling the restaurant meeting “The Alternative Rally for Home Ownership.”

Hultz said there was smoke coming out of the back of the bus and “whatever the equivalent of a check-engine light is came on.” She joked that she’d like to think the group had more energy than the bus was prepared to handle.

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