Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

10th District House

October 25, 2006


Health care, property taxes, illegal immigration and education are the issues most discussed by the three candidates for the 10th District House seat.

Incumbent Tom Holland, a Baldwin Democrat, said if re-elected he would reintroduce a three-year pilot program giving uninsured small-business employees access to the state-employee health plan.

Franklin County Commissioner Roy Dunn, an Ottawa Republican, said he would focus on assuring that Kansas taxpayers don't pick up the tab for ever-higher Medicaid bills as federal contributions decrease.

Robert Garrard, an Edgerton Libertarian, said he would showcase his Libertarian ideals of eliminating state income and property taxes.

Holland and Dunn said they wanted to freeze property taxes for the elderly. But Holland would make it permanent for seniors in certain income groups while Dunn would defer higher assessments for all seniors over 65 until their property was sold.

Garrard said he wants government out of education and medical coverage. He also supports tighter restrictions on immigration.

Holland and Dunn agreed jobs were being taken from legal U.S. residents by illegal immigrants. They both support eliminating in-state university tuition rates for illegal immigrants.

Holland, who has $30,000 to draw from for this campaign, said he also wants to reintroduce a bill to increase state penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

While Holland touted his support for a $600 million House plan for K-12 education, Dunn said that was too costly.

Dunn, a farmer, said he supported a $466 million, three-year school funding compromise approved by lawmakers in the last session.

Garrard, who is spending less than $500 on his campaign, said he would like to replace government-run education with a system run by private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Dunn said he has self-funded his campaign with $10,000.

The 10th District in Douglas and Franklin counties includes parts of Lawrence and Ottawa and all of Baldwin and Wellsville.


Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

"Wagle said the first thing that needs to be done is to lower income taxes, eliminate the death tax, and increase the child tax credit."This line is as old as the hills and they have been in the majority for too damn long and saying the same thing over and over.

The state republicans have been in the majority for a very long time. Once they are elected it becomes all about abortion,creationism ,not supporting public schools,unite against stem cell research and sex education which ultimately wastes valuable time.

Then they will want to do this again.

Beware: TABOR Is Coming After devastating government services in Colorado, the "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" threatens to spread. BY MICHAEL REBNE

This article is from the July/August 2005 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine.

In 1992, after tireless nagging by Grover Norquist and his minions at Americans for Tax Reform, Colorado voters amended the state constitution to strictly limit the government's ability to raise revenue. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, has forced Colorado to spend the last 13 years writing mandatory rebate checks to taxpayers, while vital education and human-service programs have been nearly choked to death. According to David Bradley and Nicholas Johnson at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), for example, "between 1991 and 2003--a period in which the percentage of children who are uninsured declined nationally--the proportion of low-income children who lack health insurance in Colorado rose from 15% to 27%. Colorado now ranks 48th in its level of taxpayer support of colleges and universities, down from 35th in 1992."

Despite the pain TABOR has caused in Colorado, some 23 states were facing similar initiatives at the close of 2004. But Norquist's drive shows signs of floundering. "For businesses to be successful you need roads and you need higher education, both of which have gotten worse under TABOR and will continue to get worse," Tom Clark of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce told the Washington Monthly. "I'm a Republican," Clark said, "but I made the decision not to give any money to the state party." Likewise, Colorado Governor Bill Owens is having trouble garnering support from his own party's legislators, most of whom know their constituents no longer believe TABOR is a good thing. The anti-TABOR movement, meanwhile, continues to gain momentum, as the story of Colorado's misery begins to spread nationally.


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