Know Where I Stand
Ever-rising property taxes are the most damaging tax to people on a fixed income, often forcing someone to sell a house that had been paid off years ago, a home, to escape the burden. This isn’t fair to our senior citizens, and it isn’t right. I believe increases in property tax above the rate of inflation must have voter approval. The legislature passed a bill that did exactly this, and I supported it.
As Vice-Chair of the Education Budget Committee, I worked hard to protect K-12 funding during a year in which reductions were seriously being discussed. I believe we owe it to school districts to keep the promise we made when the block grant legislation was passed to stabilize school funding until a new school funding formula is passed. I look forward to completing the work that has been done to put a new formula in place, one that is fair to Johnson County schools and allows the flexibility that school districts need to meet their diverse challenges.
This is the issue that brought me to the legislature. I supported the effort to ensure that no tax dollars go to support Planned Parenthood, an abortion provider. I also supported legislation that prohibited babies from being torn apart in the womb as part of an abortion procedure. Together, we will end this abominable practice.
I am a strong supporter of gun ownership and the right of citizens to arm themselves for protection. As evidence, I have an “A” rating with the NRA.
The Art of the "Bad" Deal
Rep. Bill Sutton of Gardner said today that the Gardner Edgerton School District will lose $2.73 million a year from the property tax abatement that the City of Edgerton negotiated with the Kansas City Logistics Park under the watch of the current mayor.
Kansans for Life
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Rep. Bill Sutton (R-Gardner) was on hand when Gov. Sam Brownback signed SB 95 into law during a ceremony today (April 28, 2015) at the Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa. The bill is the Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. (Video by Jim Sullinger Strategies LLC)
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Facts You Might Not Know
Tax cuts implemented in 2013 are stimulating job growth. Since 2012, Kansas has grown its job rate from 1,398,474 in 2012 to 1,435,884 in 2015, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. Kansas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. This comes on the heels of the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Kansas has the most money in its history devoted to public education. But a new formula is needed because more money should be getting into the pockets of teachers and classrooms rather than school administration. Public schools exist for the children, not administrators, and not the education establishment.
Keeping Education No. 1
Despite what you see in the media, school districts are getting more state money next year. School funding was even exempt from budget cuts by action of the 2016 Legislature. The Gardner Edgerton school district saw state dollars rise from $29 million to over $32 million.
More Money in Taxpayer Pockets
According to the Kansas Department of Education, the property tax rate for the Gardner Edgerton District dropped from 79.17 per $1,000 of assessed value two years ago to $61.18 per $1,000 this year. In Olathe the levy has dropped from $69.48 two years ago to $67.76 this year. A lot of this is due to policies set by the Republican-led Legislature.
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