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June 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Welcome to the new official website for Kansas representative Michael Capps. As the session progresses, we will update regularly, to try and keep constituents informed. More will be coming to make sure to check back. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Representative or his staff.

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News from the Dome, Week 9

March 15, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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.

Campaign Promises?

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. 

News from the Dome, Week 8

March 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

This week the legislature returned after a short turnaround break. While the week was short, we squeezed in plenty of action. House Republicans worked together to fight on behalf of Kansas taxpayers and employers. Unfortunately, Governor Kelly and the Democrats came down firmly on the side of expanding the scope of government. Last year anyone who watched TV saw Governor Kelly say over and over again that a little extra goes a long way. It was clear this week that the Governor would like to take a lot extra from Kansas taxpayers to pay for her government expansion plan.

Taxes

Taxes. Without a doubt the biggest news of the week. House Republicans passed SB 22 this week with an overwhelming majority of 76-43. Not a single Democrat voted for the bill.

We’ve talked about this before, the Kansas tax code is tied to the federal tax code. When the federal tax cuts passed last year, the Kansas tax code was no longer in sync with the federal tax code and this created issues. And by issues I mean a tax increase on Kansans. If SB 22 does not become law, there will a tax increase on Kansans. 

This is not Brownback 2.0. This is not slashing taxes for corporations. It is the prevention of an unintended tax increase on working Kansans and Kansas employers. To dig a little deeper, if SB 22 does not become law some Kansans will pay more taxes on their medical expenses and home mortgages among other things. That is more than a little extra being taken from family budgets. 

There are a couple other provisions of the bill that have garnered discussion. One is a piece that lowers the food sales tax by 15%. Kansas has one of the highest food sales tax rates in the nation and SB 22 begins addressing this problem. This is a provision that will benefit every Kansan and is especially helpful to those on a fixed income. It’s also something that Governor Kelly ran on but oddly now seems to oppose.

One final provision concerns the online sales tax for out of state businesses. This provision gave some, including me a little bit of heart burn. But when you break down the issue it’s a fairness issue and an enforcement issue. Businesses that have any physical location in the state currently must collect sales tax. Businesses with no physical presence in the state currently do not have that same requirement. Individual Kansans who make purchases from these businesses are actually tasked with keeping track of their purchases and tax liability. This seldom happens. Instead what happens is the out of state businesses are able to undercut our Kansas businesses by not collecting taxes. The provisions in SB 22 will put the onus on the out of state businesses to collect sales tax just like their Kansas counterparts. 

This is a lot of information, but I think it’s important for you to understand what SB 22 really does. We’ll see what happens next. At the end of the day Governor Kelly will need to decide whether to veto the bill. If she does, she will raise taxes on Kansans and fail to provide food sales tax relief. She will break two of her campaign promises. 

You may wonder why she would do that. Well if you ask me, it’s because the Governor made the mistake of counting her money while she was still sitting at the table. But it’s not her money, it’s your money, and the dealing is not done. Governor Kelly has already made plans to spend your money. Republicans will fight to the end to let you keep it.

House Action This Week

As we returned from a short break, this weeks action in the House was limited. We had two votes in the House.

HB 2160 allows Wabaunsee county to hold a ballot election regarding sales tax assessment. Voted YES

SB 22 provides choice of Kansas itemized deduction or standard deduction, defers taxes on foreign income, establishes taxes on global intangible low-taxes income, modifies income tax on business interest, capital contributions and FDIC premiums, reduces the food sales tax and enforces online sales tax collection. Voted YES

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