Governor Kelly announced the comprehensive economic development strategy as part of her State of the State address earlier this year. I share the Governor’s goal to prioritize economic development following the pandemic. The administration just released the a report on the new plan. I look forward to learning more about what this plan means for our community.
Medicaid Expansion & Medical Marijuana
As many of you know, I have been a proponent of Medicaid Expansion because I believe it is good for the health of many Kansans and good for our local hospitals. This year, the Governor has proposed expanding Medicaid in combination with legalizing medical marijuana. Unfortunately, this proposal does nothing to appeal to those who oppose Medicaid Expansion and actually may cause supporters to waiver in their support. These two issues should be considered independently of each other as this proposal is not likely to pick up traction in the 2021 Legislative Session.
Unemployment fraud remains a big issue for Kansans, especially now that tax documents are being distributed to those who received a fraudulent unemployment claim in their name. If you, or someone you know, receives an unemployment claim you believe to be fraudulent, please report it at: www.dol.ks.gov/fraud. If you receive a 1099 tax form, learn more at: www.dol.ks.gov/ui-faqs/1099g-forms
Death Penalty Repeal
I joined a bipartisan group of legislators to cosponsor legislation repealing the death penalty in Kansas. Our community is strongly pro-life and I support life until a natural death. The death penalty is permanent and we as humans are not perfect. The cost of a mistake is a human life and that is far too high of a price when considering human error in the process. I look forward to an opportunity to debate this legislation both in committee and in the full House of Representatives.