House Tax Chair discusses Kansas economy, taxes

House Tax Chairman Richard Carlson shares his knowledge about the current tax plan and how after more than a decade of loss Kansas has turned the corner on the economy and the measurable results from out tax plan.

Read his commentary in the Hays Daily News 

You can also read a PDF of the commentary: Hays Daily News Carlson

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Suellentrop/Masterson address the Kansas economy

Ty Masterson

Gene Suellentrop

The Chairman of House Appropriations and the Chairman of Senate Ways and Means share information about education funding, the economy and the budget. These two individuals oversee all of the state budgets for Kansas.

State Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, is chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. State Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Read their comments here on the Leavenworth Times website.

You can read a PDF of the article here.

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Former Secretary of Aging: Democrats, media misleading public

Shawn SullivanFormer Secretary of Aging Shawn Sullivan discusses the Health Care Compact and how the media and democrats are misleading the public.

Check out his statements in the Hays Post.

You can also read a PDF of the comments here: Shawn Sullivan Hays Post.



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Rand Paul stumps for Roberts, Brownback

Rand Paul has attracted significant media attention and has frequently been mentioned as a Presidential candidate for 2016.  He stopped by for a rally and to endorse Senator Pat Roberts and Governor Brownback. There were a number of great speeches about freedom, faith and prosperity. Good stuff.

Rand Paul visited Kansas to campaign for Brownback and Roberts.

Rand Paul visited Kansas to campaign for Brownback and Roberts.

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Joan Wagnon and Kansas Democrats need to stop deceiving seniors about the Health Care Compact and Medicare


The Democrat Party of Kansas has been scaring seniors by making the false claim that the Health Care Compact Act will take away their Medicare. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is the federal government (Obama) that has taken approximately $700 Billion dollars from Medicare to prop up “Obamacare.”

The legislation’s intent is to give Kansas citizens health care options that would be overseen by Kansans, not by an unelected bureaucrat in Washington. The compact would only become viable if first approved by the feds, and secondly enacted by a future legislature. All health care monies would have to spent for their intended purpose.

The principal of the bill is to be pro-patient, and to preserve and enhance medical options for Kansas citizens. When signing the bill, the Governor conveyed the clear understanding by all that we would “strongly oppose any effort at the state level to reduce Medicare benefits or coverage for Kansas seniors.”

Brownback’s own words

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Touring state buildings in Topeka

I am the alternating Chairman of the Joint Committee of State owned Buildings and Construction and had the opportunity recently to take a tour of several state-owned/leased buildings in downtown Topeka.

building committee tour 2014

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Brownback has long list of ‘firsts’ that need highlighting

Sen. Mitch Holmes (pic courtesy of Kansas Legislative website)

I recently received an email from a colleague in the Kansas Legislature that I wanted to share with my constituents. I agree with the writer, Sen. Mitch Holmes from the 33rd District, that these facts about Gov. Sam Brownback need to be known. As a fellow conservative Republican, I believe it’s vital that we continue this legacy of successful leadership in our state.

Here’s what Mitch had to say (minor edits for online reading): Continue reading

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CUBE Legislative Dinner

Had a great time with the Credit Union Business Executives folks at their annual Legislative Dinner on Thursday, October 23. They do a lot of good work and are to be congratulated.

CUBE is an independent organization for credit unions.

credit union dinner 2014

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Parsons Sun letter to the editor tells truth about ed funding

SunflowerThis is an editorial that will never be reprinted by the Wichita Eagle editorial board. Dennis Depew, a respected attorney, has the integrity to tell the truth about state funding for education.

He rightly states that “it is disingenuous and factually untrue to claim that K-12 spending has suffered massive cuts in the last five years.” He goes on to say that, “In fact, the opposite is true with the addition of over half a billion dollars in spending from 2010 to 2015.”

I should also point out that Mr. Depew served as the President of KASB from 2012-13, and is the ultimate “insider” as it relates to education funding and policy.  He knows what he’s talking about.

Here’s a Education funding Parsons Sun letter to the editor in case the above link doesn’t work.

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Poverty in Kansas declining, below national average

kansas_dept_children_families_logoAccording to a recent report from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the poverty rate in Kansas is not only declining, but is below the national average.

As Chairman of the Federal and State Affairs committee, I see that this is yet another economic indicator showing that our “get Kansans back to work” policies are having the right effect. We have made corrective policies at the state level, lowering taxes, working to create a non-invasive regulatory environment, and reforming government services to be more efficient and effective.

Bigger government programs that have been created over the last 50 years to allegedly end poverty just haven’t worked. The best solution to ending poverty is a good education (that includes technical training) and a good job. That’s how we lower the poverty rate in Kansas, and we are having measurable success. Continue reading

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