Archive for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Moore, Hensley tangle over taxes, transportation plan, other issues

October 23, 2012


— Republican senatorial candidate Casey Moore on Tuesday said he wanted to cut taxes further and criticized the state transportation program while Democratic incumbent state Sen. Anthony Hensley said the tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback will deprive revenue from schools and he praised the transportation plan as a jobs producer.

From left to right, state Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and Casey Moore, R-Topeka, chat with people in the crowd Tuesday night prior to the start of a forum for the 19th State Senate District race. The forum drew about 100 people at a lodge near Lake Shawnee in Topeka.

From left to right, state Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and Casey Moore, R-Topeka, chat with people in the crowd Tuesday night prior to the start of a forum for the 19th State Senate District race. The forum drew about 100 people at a lodge near Lake Shawnee in Topeka.

The two clashed before approximately 100 people in a lodge near Lake Shawnee in the race for the 19th State Senate District, which includes much of western Douglas County.

During the forum, Moore alleged that Hensley, who is a Topeka public school teacher, did not make up the time to the school district that he spends working in the Legislature each year.

"I would argue with the fact that he's even a teacher," Moore said, which produced some booing from the crowd.

Hensley said "I make it up by teaching summer school," Hensley said. Moore then said it should be investigated. Hensley responded, "You can take it to the bank about summer school. I guarantee it."

Moore also said he supported term limits and no pay for legislators and he criticized Hensley for being in the Legislature since 1976, the year Moore was born.

Moore held up an 8-track cassette of the soundtrack of "Rocky," a popular movie from that year and said Hensley "knows he is an eight-track tape in an MP3 world." Moore said career politicians were "sick" and "disgusting."

Hensley said his longevity in the Legislature is due to the fact that voters think enough of him to keep re-electing him.

Hensley described himself as a public servant both as a legislator and teacher said it was the height of irony that Moore kept saying he was for more jobs and less government "and he wants a government job."

On the issue of taxes, Hensley said Brownback's tax cuts will produce a budget deficit of $2.5 billion within a few years, and that will lead to higher property taxes and cuts to schools.

The measure will decrease individual income tax rates for 2013, with the top rate dropping to 4.9 percent from 6.45 percent. Also, the state will exempt the owners of 191,000 partnerships, sole proprietorships and other businesses from income taxes. Hensley also criticized the package for eliminating a food sales tax refund for poor people.

"I call it a tax shift," Hensley said. "It's going to be made up for by raising other taxes, particularly at the local level. It is bad public policy and it is going to leave this state in a deficit in a very short period of time," he said.

But Moore criticized Hensley's answer. "What you are hearing is campaign rhetoric from a typical liberal Obama Democrat," Moore said

Moore said he would support more cuts in income, sales and property taxes. "You better believe it," he said. He said tax cuts would lead to economic prosperity.

He said the $2.5 billion deficit cited by legislative research staffers was a bogus number.

Earlier, Hensley and Moore agreed that they would oppose any effort to extend the three-year temporary state sales tax past its expiration date next year.

Four-tenths of a cent of that increase will stay in place to support the state's 10-year transportation plan that includes projects such as the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway.

Hensley praised the transportation plan, which he voted for, and cited state figures that say it will produce 175,000 jobs over the life of the plan,

But Moore criticized the plan, saying it was sticking more debt onto future generations. "It's a big problem," he said.


volunteer 5 years, 6 months ago

Summer school for that particular school is only six weeks, and it does not last a full day. I just assumed Mr. Hensley got a pro-rated salary. Oh well, this is a matter for Topeka USD 501 I suppose. Some large school districts allow a teacher to spend half a day on K-NEA work, I believe. Perhaps 501 can spend less on lobbying knowing that Mr. Hensley has its back. Sounds like it may be a sweet double pension though.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like Moore is auditioning for the lead role in a Koch-sponsored production of Scrooge.

oldbaldguy 5 years, 6 months ago

Moore sounds like a man without ideas. Hensley has been there too long, but do you want Moore to replace him. I thought Hensley did a good job representing his district.

napoleon969 5 years, 6 months ago

I wouldn't elect Moore dog catcher. He is clueless. There are already enough clueless representatives and senators in the Capitol without adding another.

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 6 months ago

Some campaign there Mr. Moore......attack the incumbent.

If you people in that district want another Brownback puppet in office, go ahead and elect Moore.

LarryDoug 5 years, 6 months ago

Correction. Moore never critized the transportation plan. On the contrary, Moore, with his engineering and heavy construction background, has appreciation for good engineering, construction, and infrastructure. What Moore criticized was the debt that we still owe on the PREVIOUS two transportation plans that were put into place.

Additionally, I attended the debate last night and there were far more than "approximately 100" people there. That is a gross understatement of the facts. The room seats 200 and there were dozens of people standing in the back of the room.

Blue73harley, as an independent thinker myself, I just want to encourage you to look at BOTH candidates, talk directly with them, ask them questions, do your own research. Don't let the media or anyone else tell you how to think. Let the candidates plead their own case and then make your own decision.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

Are you saying the Moore would vote against some or all of the Koch/Brownback agenda?

Sande Ken 5 years, 6 months ago

As an independent, I went to this to check out both of these guys. I sat next to the LJW reporter and I guess he's not very good at estimating crowds as indeed there was at least the 200, nice big turnout and for the most part the crowd was pretty well behaved, except when Moore tried to get the camel's nose under the tent of the alleged Hensley's long term double dipping into KPERS (i.e. a $750K account on a teachers salary??? are you kidding) and some question as to whether his summer make-up time with his special ed teaching job truly makes up for the lost time. I thought the contrast between the two was stark, Hensley in his black suit, white shirt and tie with a depth of commentary on legislative issues that reflected his long tenure, apparently from almost the time of statehood; except when he couldn't remember how he voted on a recent partial birth abortion bill, and talking to us from behind a podium through a PA. Versus the high octane youthful exuberance of Moore, who spoke to us standing in front, speaking without a mic (a little too much RedBull maybe). The somber one versus the energetic and occasionally funny one. I thought Moore missed a prime opportunity when Hensley explained his reelections as a result of voters satisfied with his job, not so, until this year Hensley's district has been almost completely democratic and every office in that area has been held by a democrat, which might validate the need for terms limits. The thought about Moore being a potential Brownback sycophant mentioned above belies the fact that Hensley was the same for the democratic administrations he has served under esp. Kathy S.. Moore may support some of gov B's agenda but from what I saw I don't think he's going to follow anybody, seems to be kind of a political rebel. I got a mean mailer from Hensley today who took issue with Moore's out of state birth and part of his education, which seems to me a big slam at a number of Hispanic's in this state, not to mention other famous Kansas like Kathleen Sebelius. I have to say Hensley appeared to me last night to represent the old sharply partisan politician that has gridlocked the country and our state, maybe time for a change, and what I didn't like about Moore I attribute mostly to his being new to the nutty world of American politics.

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