SCR 1606 is a resolution condemning the Reproductive Health Act of the State of New York and encourages legislators and officials in other states to do the same. This was the insane New York Act allowing abortions up to the point of birth.
Many on the Democrat side of the aisle vehemently opposed the Kansas resolution. A common complaint was that it was a waste of time and Kansas had no business commenting on the actions of New York. I must disagree.
We are talking about the taking of lives. This is the civil rights issue of our time and we have an obligation to speak out. As Dr. King so eloquently stated, we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. When the state of New York deems brutality like this acceptable, we must shout our disapproval. Failure to do so will lead to the ruination of the entire network of mutuality we call society.
I must make special mention of Rep. Renee Erickson who carried SCR 1606 on the House floor. Renee stood strong against constant attacks from those on the left. With legislators like her and many of the other freshman legislators, I believe the Repbulican party has a bright future.
Just a quick update on SB 22 the tax bill that passed the House on March 8. This past week, the Senate concurred on the bill passing it out 24-16. The bill now goes to Governor Kelly.
Governor Kelly has not definitively declared what she will do with SB 22 but has given some indications she plans to veto it.
As I’ve said before, this is not Brownback 2.0. SB 22 prevents an unintended tax increase from taking place due to changes in federal law. It also reduces food sales tax 15% and creates an even playing field for Kansas businesses competing with out-of-state online merchants. If Governor Kelly vetoes this bill she will be raising taxes on working Kansans and employers despite claims she would not do so, she will be going back on her campaign promise to reduce the food sales tax, and she will be punishing Kansas small businesses who are currently competing on an uneven playing field.
Now we must wait and see if Governor Kelly will live up to her campaign commercials or if she will turn Kansas into the broken promise land. Regardless of the Governor’s actions Kansas Republicans will continue fighting for you on this issue.