The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 47
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 47

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL VOTE 9B SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 7 KANSAS HOUSE • 69th DISTRICT SURE THINGS Horst, Swartzendruber see education, taxes as guaranteed issues By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Ihe candidates for the House of Representative's 69th District, Republican incumbent Deena Horst and Democrat Gary Swartzendruber, say taxes and education will 'once again be hot topics at the papitol in Topeka. Swartzendruber, 53, 536 W. Claflin, is emphasizing three things "during his campaign: safe streets, fair taxes and effective education. The salesman for Broadway E-Z Pay used cars said he supports using taxes for public, not private feducation, and that property taxes are too high. "It's quite obvious to me that we need to continue decreasing the Jnill levy at an acceptable rate, £nd obviously replace that with, more than likely, some form of sales tax," Swartzendruber said. Gov. Bill Graves has supported 'a decrease in property taxes for schools, and replacing that with revenues from economic growth. Both candidates are wary of a dependence on economic growth. "I'm a little concerned about simply using a total economic growth idea," said Horst, a seventh- and eighth-grade art teacher at Salina South High School who is finishing her first two-year term. "I know Governor Graves has said that we will more than likely 'have a further reduction in the mill levy this year," she said. "I would assume we'll revisit that idea." Horst, 52,920 S. Ninth, sponsored 'the School Safety and Security Act, 'which requires all illegal acts in .schools to be reported to law-enforcement agencies. Another bill Horst sponsored, which would have allowed districts to decide how to fund local option budgets, failed. Horst said projects at schools could have been paid for by a mix of sales, property and income taxes, instead of just property taxes. ' Swartzendruber said fair taxation includes exempting taxes for jlabor on remodeling projects, just as new construction receives an exemption. ,' .Horst is on the House's Select C9mmittee on Higher Education and is vice chair of the House/Senate committee on legislative educational planning. "I believe we need to make certain that we have a quality education, an excellent education, available to everybody across the istate," she said. "That doesn't mean just funding, it also means what we are going to teach them." Swartzendruber said a lower education mill levy might put pressure on the Legislature to make more state aid available to schools. "I think one of the major re- .sponsibilities of the state is to make sure there is adequate fund- .ing for each child that needs an education," he said. . "I think the general consensus is that there will have to be some .consideration given to sales taxes, at least as a backdrop to take up the slack (if property taxes are re- 'duced,)" Swartzendruber said. DEENA HORST Republican • AGE: 52 • ADDRESS: 920 S. Ninth • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Finishing her first term as state representative. GARY SWARTZENDRUBER Democrat • AGE: 53 • ADDRESS: 536 W. Claflin • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None PRIORITIES — As a member of the Legislature, what would be your two top priorities? 1. Education funding. 2. Ensuring a safe community in which all Kansans can live without fear by continuing to strengthen punishment for violent offenders. 1. Fair taxes: support tax break for remodeling as well as new construction. 2. Effective education: Support tax dollars for public, not private, schools. PROPERTY TAXES — Does Kansas need a property tax? If you would abolish the property tax, how would you replace the source of funding? I believe property taxes are an appropriate source of revenue for property-related services. When feasible, we should seek to provide people-related services through revenues provided by a people-generated tax such as sales and income. ; Yes, Historically and I currently, property, income and \ sales taxes provide the j necessary blend for funding j services. However, I support i the growing popularity of i continuing to study changing j the Internal Revenue Service i as we know it. A simple flat tax I and/or sales tax have merit. VOUCHERS — Are government-funded school vouchers a good idea? I do not feel school vouchers are a good idea. With such vouchers will come the laws and regulations that govern schools who receive public funding. In many cases those laws and regulations are what parents of children in private schools are trying to avoid. Definitely notl Do you want your tax dollars to send my grandchild, who happens to be a,little smarter and gets accepted over your grandchild, to a private school? ABORTION — What is the state's role in abortion? Should the Legislature work to restrict abortion? The state should restrict abortions as it currently does and further restrict late-term abortions. We spend many dollars saving children who are born prematurely. It makes little sense to support abortions where the time of gestation is later than those of prematurely-born children who we work hard to save. Source: Candidate questionnaires. Some answers were edited for length. i No. The state's role is to i maintain the historically i acceptable separation of ! church and state and continue ; to ensure that a woman has i the right to choose according i to Kansas law. KANSAS HOUSE • 71th DISTRICT DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS CAROL BEGGS Republican • AGE: 69 • ADDRESS: 125 Overhill • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Former Salina mayor, city commissioner and now a state representative PRIORITIES — As a member of the Legislature, what would be your two top priorities? TOMMYE SEXTON Democrat • AGE: 48 • ADDRESS: 2116 Fairdale Court • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None 1. Education funding. 2. Criminal justice reforms. Can we afford to build multimillion dollar prisons? Is it safe for the state to rely on prison construction and maintenance as a form of economic development? 1. Education funding. 2. Welfare reform. Kansas will receive a block grant to implement welfare at the state level. I am committed to SRS and reform that demands individual responsibility but preserves personal dignity. PROPERTY TAXES — Does Kansas need a property tax. If you would abolish the property tax, how would you replace the source of funding This will be a main concern in the session. The eastern half of the state has objections to increasing sales and income taxes to supplement a property tax reduction. If there is reduced property taxes, there must be a remedy for retired seniors living on fixed incomes. ; Property tax provides about I 39 percent of the funding for i public education and other ! services. We can provide i significant property tax relief : by reducing our reliance on ; property tax to about 33 ! percent and by making i spending cuts, and exploring ; expanded use of user fees. ' VOUCHERS — Are government-funded school vouchers a good idea? No. I . Vouchers might not ensure . I more choice. Private school ! tuition is sometimes higher than i the voucher amount ($3,626). i Some private schools might i exclude students on the basis i of religious beliefs or because i some students are expensive to ; educate. I am a strong i supporter of public education. ABORTION — What is the state's role in abortion? Should the Legislature work to restrict abortion? i I have never felt that I i possessed the right to advise i a woman what to do when ; she's pregnant. Consequently, i I do not believe the j government has the right to I make that decision either. In i the final analysis, the decision j of what to do is one between | the woman, her physician, her : minister and her God. Source: Candidate questionnaires. Some answers were edited for length. I support the current abortion law. As a true conservative, I believe government should get out of your pocketbooks and out of your individual personal choices of conscience. Beggs and Sexton see their experiences as what sets them apart By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal. > to, arol Beggs believes his leg- ''^islative experience, small business background and 2,? service on the Salina City .••& i Commission will make him a more effective legislator for Salina. Tommye Sexton is certain her work with children and families as a school counselor and former teacher better qualifies her to deal with the main issues the Legislature will face in the next two years. Beggs, a Republican, and Sexton, a Democrat, are opponents for the 71st District of the Kansas House of Representatives. "I feel, as opposed to a newcomer, I can be more effective at getting results and being sensitive to the needs of the 71st District," Beggs said of his political experience. And the background of his opponent could turn out to be a disadvantage, he said. "I believe it is a hazard for a legislator to have too intense a focus on any one thing," Beggs said. But Sexton said her education background and work with social agencies is precisely why she would make a good legislator. "I am uniquely qualified for this position," she said. "So much of the state budget and state financing deals with education, welfare and social issues — 86 percent." Beggs, 69, 125 Overhill Road, is owner of Beggs Yamaha Cycle- land, 129 S. Fourth. He has been an independent businessman for 42 years. He also served on the Salina City Commission for six years. Sexton, 48, 2116 Fairdale Court, has 17 years of experience in education working as a government and history teacher and school counselor. She has been a Salina South High School counselor for nine years and a counselor at Sacred Heart High School. She has taught in Lawrence, Chicago and Denver. She works with agencies such as the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and has experience with juvenile crime issues. "My number one priority will be putting families first," Sexton said. Beggs said he also cares about education and children. "I have five grandchildren," he said. "I know we need to maintain a good quality education system." He stood with Gov. Bill Graves against other House Republicans who wanted to eliminate the state property tax without another revenue source for schools and depend on economic growth for education funds. Beggs is also concerned about the tax burden on senior citizens with fixed incomes, reducing unfunded mandates, transportation issues and the state's highway program. "It is pointless to spend money on enhancement when we can't afford to do the maintenance on what we have now," Beggs said. Sexton is also cautious of building new highways with the maintenance costs the state faces. She would like the state to create incentives for businesses and environmental groups to work together. LARRY MATHEWS Democratic Candidate State Representative 67th District Common. Sense... • Education - We must challenge our young people by providing the technological skills to meet the competition of a fast-changing world. We cannot do this through ill-conceived plans based on over-optimistic economic growth forecasts that would eliminate $600 million in property taxes for education with no replacement funding. That can only lead to more cuts in programs and staff, more closings and consolidations. • Taxes • We must work to ease the state's reliance on property taxes in ways that are responsible to school children and fair to taxpayers. Uncommon Commitment... • Married to Trudy, 42 years • 3 children, 4 grandchildren • Retired after 35 years in journalism, the last 29 at The Salina Journal • Salina School Board member, over 11 years • Parks & Recreation Commision, 8 years • Chairman, Board of Trustees, University Methodist Church • US Army, 7 years active and reserve • Member, Heart of America Lions Club • President, Barbershop Singers MATHEWS • A Voice For Moderation Pol. adv. paid for by Larry Mathews. Lora Stirn, Treasurer *** VOTE Glen KochanowsM Republican for Sheriff 30 years of progressive experience with the Salina Police Department. 12 of those as Assistant Chief of Police. Extensive involvement in budget preparation and implementation, media representation, and general overall operation of the Police Department directly under the Chief of Police. Sponsor of a volunteer citizen task force made up of members from Law Enforcement, Schools, Courts, Parents, and young people, to develop ideas on how to deal with juvenile crime and expand our drug education programs. Provide leadership and effective law enforcement for all citizens of Saline County. Implement the TRIAD program to work with senior citizens. TRIAD is Law Enforcement and Seniors working together to reduce criminal victimization of Seniors. • Increase the involvement with Senior Citizens and increase D.A.R.E. training in our schools. Pol. adv. paid for by Kochanowski for Sheriff Committee, Rosalie N. Leek. Treasurer.

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