Newton Board of Education member Tim Hodge was not at the school district community planning meeting Tuesday night — he instead was at a meeting of the Harvey County Democratic Party at the courthouse.
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The regular session of the legislature concluded last night. It was once again an abject lesson in the perils of procrastination. With minutes to spare, the House and Senate agreed to extend the session long enough to complete the education bill, the budget and others. Work that should have been completed long ago was put off until the last minute. The consequences likely take us back to Topeka for a special session to once again address a mandate from our Supreme Court. While the legislature allocated more money for education, it falls woefully short of the mandate of the court. The legislature has not once prevailed in court, and I don't think that is likely to change this time. Events in the coming weeks will lead us to the answer, but I remain firmly committed to serving my constituents and addressing the needs of my fellow Kansans. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
It's been a busy week at the Capitol for me. I spent the first three days of the week before the tax committee explaining my bills to cut the sales tax in half, double the child care tax credit, create a refundable child tax credit and a plan to double the standard deduction to prevent a $90 million back-door tax increase on middle class Kansans who itemize their taxes. I am committed to ensuring tax fairness for working and middle class Kansans. For the past 5 years, you've paid the bills while the wealthiest .1% of Kansans reaped hundreds of millions in tax cuts (3/4 of a billion to be exact.).
Yesterday, while debating a bill to provide tele-medicine in Kansas, I offered an amendment to help women in crisis pregnancies, and the agencies that help them, like Heartland Pregnancy Care here in Newton. Kansas has spent millions of dollars defending unconstitutional laws and little to actually help those in need. I proposed that for every dollar spent to defend the law in court, a dollar would be set aside to aid crisis pregnancy centers. Women in crisis pregnancies need and deserve our help. To my surprise, several members of the majority party rose to oppose my amendment and it ultimately failed. I am disappointed, but not deterred. I will continue to fight for everyone in Kansas, including those in crisis pregnancies and the people who help them. Thank you for your continued support as we near the half way point in this legislative session. I am humbled to serve as your representative.
Today I proposed several bills to help Kansas families. I introduced bills to cut in half the sales tax on food, paid for with a 10% tax on incomes exceeding $1 million each year. I also introduced a bill to double the current child care tax credit and a bill to establish a $200 per child tax credit to ensure Kansas families can raise and care for their families. These common sense bills will help everyday Kansans and Main Street by giving our hardworking citizens help they truly need. ... See MoreSee Less
Today I introduced a bill to double the standard deduction for Kansas income taxpayers. When the U.S. Congress passed tax reform late last year, they didn't take the time to understand what impact that might have on Kansas taxpayers. For every taxpayer who itemizes their return, the changes to the federal tax law means a substantial backdoor tax increase on their state return. We cannot harm hard-working Kansas families with a back door tax increase because the Congress failed to fully understand the ramifications of their policy. I hope my colleagues will join with me to address this important issue so we can hold Kansans harmless from the fallout from these Federal changes. ... See MoreSee Less
Today marks the first day of the 2018 Legislative session. It will no doubt be filled with many challenges. First and foremost, the Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the legislature to address its past failure to adequately fund our public schools. I know much time will be wasted trying to amend the Constitution to strip the court of its jurisdiction on this matter, but we owe it to the children of our state to stop shirking our responsibilities and fund their future. Without a great education, our children will find themselves unable to compete in today's global economy. We must lead in this area and enable them to lead full and productive lives.
Another top priority I have for this session is lessening the onerous burden our high food sales tax has on working families. We should be ashamed that we tax food at one of the highest rates in the country. We should not be taxing baby formula and food at the same rate as luxury cars and electronics. Our food tax must be lowered. I will be introducing a bill soon that will cut the food sales tax in half.
I am eternally grateful for your support, kind thoughts and prayers as we embark on another challenging session. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. Ad Astra per Aspera! ... See MoreSee Less