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Legislative Update from Representative Shannon Francis

This Week in Liberal

I’ve been home since April 2nd but Tuesday April 28th I will return to the legislature for the wrap up/veto session.  It has been great being home and visiting with you.  On Tuesday April 21st I attended “Building Bridges Together” at Liberal High School.  The staff of  Liberal High School is doing a great job integrating the business and education communities.  The high school wanted to know what business and professionals thought students needed to be taught to be successful after graduation and how to entice our youth to return and make Seward County their home.

Thursday I discussed the legislative session with the Noon Kiwanis Club.  Our civic clubs are a strength of our community.  If you are looking for a place to help the community, broaden your horizons and stay connected check out our many Service Organizations.  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, PEO, the Sororities and many more, they all have different focuses and meet at different times, there is one that will meet your needs.  This is where I always get in trouble.  I leave someone out and I apologize.  Also, if any of you need a speaker I am always glad to give my two cents worth.

Saturday I attended the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Meeting in Hugoton.  It was nice to see my good friends Tony & Becky Herrman.  Topics of conversation were attempts to change “The Right of Capture” for natural gas, water law, the lesser prairie chicken, the recent increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma and Harper County Kansas as well as the state budget.  Sunday I enjoyed going to the Stepping Stone Shelter Fundraiser.

Back to Topeka & The Budget

Below is a breakdown of current estimates, spending cuts and revenue increases before legislative committees for the Fiscal year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015.
 
  $ Million
Consensus Revenue Receipts (taxes & fees) 4/2/15 $5,713.2
Current expenditure estimate $6,520.2
Long term structural deficit -$807.0
   
Current fixes (not sure there is support in Legislature for all of these)
Eliminate LATVR (easy hasn’t been paid since 2004) $54.0
MCO Privilege fee (running into trouble because of effect on private insurers) $136.3
Kansas Bioscience Authority Transfer Reduction $22.0
Star Bonds $17.0
Misc Dept cuts  
Increase Cigarette tax to $2.29 a pack & other tobacco 25% $80.8
Increase liquor taxes $27.1
Freeze Planned Individual Income tax rate decreases $50.3
Speed up eliminating Individual Income Tax deductions $22.9
Deficit after these fixes -$363.2
Additional Department of Transportation Transfers (At some point this impacts transportation projects) $132.3
Tax amnesty (one time deal) $30.0
Estimated beginning balance for fiscal year 2016 $69.3
Deficit -$131.6

The next few weeks the legislature will be working on a solution for this issue.  I believe it is important that businesses and our citizens have certainty about tax policy and spending by the state for the future.  Our current situation of moving from financial crisis to financial crisis is not good.  I hope long-term solutions are presented that are equitable and fair to all Kansans.

Famous Kansans

Dean Edwards Smith (February 28, 1931 – February 7, 2015) was a head coach of men's college basketball. Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Smith was called a "coaching legend" by the Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith coached from 1961 to 1997 and retired with 879 victories.  Smith had the 9th highest winning percentage of any men's college basketball coach (77.6%). During his tenure as head coach, North Carolina won two national championships and appeared in 11 Final Fours.

"I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised."
Dean Smith

"I think the real free person in society is one that's disciplined. It's the one that can choose; that is the free one."
Dean Smith
 
Government is about helping us have a framework to be safe and successful, but there are always those that try and take advantage of situations.  If you suspect any kind of fraud or corruption phone numbers to report it can be found at https://www.da.ks.gov/phonebook/tollfree.asp.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve, there is no place like home. Our rural communities are the backbone of a strong Kansas. During the session please contact me any time.  My email is Shannon.francis@house.ks.gov and my phone number is 785-296-7655.

 

Contact Shannon

At the Legislature

Room: 167-W
State Capitol Building
300 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-7655
shannon.francis@house.ks.gov

At Home:

1501 Tucker Court
Liberal, Kansas 67901
Phone: 620-624-9571
sfran83384@aol.com

Useful Resources

State of Kansas Website

The Kansas Legislature

Legislative Bill Reports

Listen Live to Proceedings

Find a State Agency

Kansas unclaimed Property

Current Road Conditions

National Do Not Call List

Kansas Charity Check

Useful Phone Numbers

Medicaid Fraud
1-866-551-6328
 
Welfare Fraud Hotline
800-432-3913

Department On Aging
800-432-3535

Child/Adult Abuse Hotline
800-922-5330

Child & Family Services
888-369-4777

Consumer Protection
800-423-2310

Crime Tip Hotline
800-252-8477

Crime Victim Assistance
800-828-9745

Gov- Brownback
800-748-4408

Highway Road Conditions
511 (in Kansas)

Housing Hotline
800-752-4422

KanCare Assistance
866-305-5147

Kansas Lottery
800-544-9467

Legislative Hotline
800-432-3924

Mental Health Services
888-582-3759

School Safety Hotline
877-626-8203

Social Security
800-772-1213

Taxpayer Assistance
 785-368-8222

Tax Refund Status
800-894-0318

Unclaimed Property
800-432-0386

Unemployment Insurance
800-292-6333

Vital Statistics
785-296-1400

Voter Registration
800-262-8683

Worker's Comp
800-332-0353
 
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