Carlin says he hasn’t read House Bill 2218 in its entirety, but says from what he’s heard it doesn’t create enough oversight for such a proposal.
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The dollar amount would be approximately $5,000 per student. Critics of the bill say it would deplete public schools of much-needed tax dollars after years of underfunding. Senator Reddi is a former school teacher and does not support a voucher program.
Rep. Dodson hasn’t been clear on his stance on coupons, noting that he got off on the “wrong foot” on this issue two years ago.
Rural building incentive districts
A bill that would expand the Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID) law to allow some housing projects in communities with populations of 60,000 or more has also been discussed.
Senate Bill 34 would expand the use of special obligation tax bond proceeds to renovate or construct a proposed multi-year development plan in stages, if the associated infrastructure is at least 10 years old or if the existing lot has been subject to certain tax levies. All four lawmakers were generally in favor of programs to expand housing affordability or availability.
The Titus rep says he supports the program.
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Rep. Dodson agrees that it’s a good program, but only if done right.
Senator Reddi says there is money available to help meet the housing needs of the workforce.
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Rep. Carlin says the program is good and could help more people get into affordable homes.
Senate Bill 34 would expand the use of special obligation tax bond proceeds to renovate or construct a proposed multi-year development plan in stages, if the associated infrastructure is at least 10 years old or if the existing lot has been subject to certain tax levies.
The full recording of Saturday’s legislative coffee is available below. Timestamps are listed for each question asked.
02:15 – Question 1: What should be done with the budget surplus and how to counter competing interests?
19:02 – Question 2: Do you support the expansion of Medicaid and do you believe it will happen this year?
26:52 – Question 3: Are there discussions to stop the social security tax?
33:11 – Question 4: Do you support the flat tax proposal under discussion?
38:45 – Question 5: Generally speaking, what is your position on maintaining public funds in the public education system (in relation to House Bill 2218 – school voucher bill)?
47:40 – Question 6: The Legislature supported reciprocity in professional licensing for military spouses as did the House. Professional organizations objected due to other states’ licensing requirements. Give us your position on this.
55:35 – Question 7: The Commerce Department granted $25 million to K-State for the proposed Ag Innovation Center, but also gave $50 million to KU for its soccer stadium. Are they apples to apples?
1:00:58 – Question 8: What is your position on Senate Bill 34, a bill that would expand the Rural Housing Incentive District Act?
1:09:25 – Question 9: Will you oppose efforts to weaken or limit the support needed for SNAP benefits?
1:16:20 – Question 10: What is your number 1 priority for the rest of the session and how can we help you?