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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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
Republicans in Washington D.C. are on a collision course with reality. What Gov. Brownback forced onto Kansas is coming to our Nation. They are pitching the same, tired, failed idea that massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires will bring economic prosperity and a tidal wave of tax revenues. We know better. As Gov. Brownback said, we were the real life experiment where tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires resulted in seas of red ink, cuts for essential services like education, roads, bridges and prisons and tax hikes on working and middle class Americans. Kansas is now addicted to a food sales tax that is the highest in the nation; working and middle class Kansans are paying more for infant formula and diapers and paying more in property taxes. Now Washington Republicans want to emulate Kansas. They want to limit your mortgage interest deduction, limit your property and sales taxes and limit your medical deductions. It's groundhog day, folks. Kansas Republicans tried the same thing. They eliminated your medical deductions, cut your mortgage interest deductions and eliminated the much needed child care tax credit. Working Kansans have already suffered the consequences of Gov. Brownback's ill conceived tax plan while billionaires reaped the rewards.
We cannot afford to suffer through round two coming from Washington.
I will continue to fight for you in Topeka. It's time to break our addiction to food sales taxes. We must stop taxing necessities like diapers and infant formula. We must make millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. We have struggling families that need the help, we have roads and bridges that need repaired and replaced and we have our most precious asset begging for the education they are guaranteed in our founding document. We must do better, and I will continue to fight for you.
Mary and I would like to wish everyone a safe and very happy Thanksgiving. We have been blessed beyond measure this year and are glad to pause and give thanks. Keep those who are serving overseas protecting our nation, those who serve our community keeping us safe and those who are less fortunate in your thoughts and prayers this weekend. May God continue to bless us. ... See MoreSee Less