Medicaid Expansion 2017


I will vote to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB 2044. I did not vote for HB 2044* when it passed out of the House and see no reason to change that decision. As the Governor stated in his veto explanation:

“Medicaid expansion does not help vulnerable Kansans. Instead, it prioritizes able-bodied adults above the truly needy. This bill enlarges the entitlement state without providing a pathway out of poverty for the program’s recipients. As we’ve seen in our Kansas welfare-to-work reforms, the most effective programs restore hope through the dignity of work. But Medicaid expansion does not require able-bodied adults to seek work, job training, or educational opportunities to qualify.
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House Republicans on Thursday announced new proposals to the Hope Act, Kansas’ nation leading welfare reform bill passed during the 2015 session.

View a graphic on proposed Hope Act changes.

Among the several additional proposals was a cross-check of lottery winners receiving cash, food assistance or child care. The proposal would allow DCF to cross-check lottery winners who win $10,000 or more with welfare recipient. Winners would also be required to verify their income and resources.

Other proposals include verifying the identity of all people living in a household receiving cash, food and child care assistance.

Current law only requires verification of identity for the person applying for the entire household. Another proposal would require the monitoring of persons who have lost their electronic benefits card numerous times. These new proposals will be added to last year’s welfare reform and the policy changes it ordered.

View a graphic on welfare reform.

Keith discussed efforts to change the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are chosen as well as the effort to keep property taxes down. He was interviewed in May, 2016, for a Comcast Newsmakers broadcast.

Dismemberment Abortion Ban

The legislature approved a law last year banning a controversial abortion procedure that kills unborn children by tearing their limbs off one at a time.
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School spending up, taxes down in Olathe

 Some naysayers said Kansas legislators couldn’t cut taxes and increase school spending at the same time. Well, they were wrong. In addition to cutting taxes, Republican conservatives have increase school spending every year that Sam Brownback has been governor.
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Economic Reforms in Kansas working for Olathe

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Bill Would Raise Kansas Taxes

(from the KC Star) Rep. Keith Esau, an Olathe Republican, said the bill hurts protections for poor citizens.

“It’s a step backwards for fairness,” Esau said.

Here's a link to two articles that the representative is quoted in: CLICK HERE

Here is his official explanation of vote:

Explanation of vote on HB 2178

Mr. Speaker,

I vote No on House Bill 2178.

HB2178 is a step backward on protecting our poorest citizens. It adds people who make less than $15,000 to the tax rolls and greatly increases the tax on the working middle class.

It is a step backward for business creation. Small businesses lose their tax break while large corporations keep theirs.

It is a step backward for fairness. It is unjust to pass a tax retroactively.

For these and many other reasons, I vote No on House Bill 2178.

Keith Esau
House District 14


Spring Elections to Move to Fall

The Senate approved a bill Friday (Feb. 27, 2015) that would move municipal elections from March to August for primary elections and April to November for general elections. The vote was 21-18.

This shift would make our local elections uniform with our state and national elections. Local elections would remain nonpartisan.

Under the Senate’s version, local elections would be held in odd-numbered years beginning in 2017. One exception was provided.

Cities could hold an election in even-numbered years for the purpose of staggering terms of office or having three-year terms of office.

By moving the elections, supporters said voter turnout would be increased substantially and more candidates will participate in the election process. Spring elections normally garner very low turnout.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House. It would also allow voters to mark a “straight line” party ticket, thus saving time at the polls. It was later approved and has become law. Keith was the major sponsor of this bill.

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