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I'm a retired teacher and physical chemist who writes science related articles at http://jcmooreonline.com/.

Cut the Sales Tax on Food

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The 2012 tax cuts left a $7.3 billion hole in the Kansas state budget. To make up for it, the legislature passed the largest tax increase in history and even that did not fill the budget hole, as it got deeper every month. The tax increases may have made the economy worse as it took money out of the hands of those who were most likely to spend it.

The worst tax increase was in sales taxes, particularly the increase in tax on food. That took money from the pockets of low income Kansans and those on fixed incomes . It was particularly unfair for senior citizens, as they have been paying income tax all their lives, and now they must pay more for food.

During the 2019 session, the Legislature passed  HB 2033 which would have reduced the sales tax on food about one cent. That proposal was bundled with a sales tax decrease on corporations, an Internet sales tax increase, and a proposal to allow Kansans to itemize deductions on their state form. The governor vetoed the bill and, though almost every legislator supported lowering the sales tax on food, there were not enough votes to override the veto as many people objected to other parts of the bill.

Though the 2019 budget ended up with a small surplus, there was  not enough money to pay the debts we have accumulated, particularly in child and family services, prisons, pension funds, and infrastructure. Once those are paid, the Legislature should work on eliminating the sales tax on food. The 2020 fiscal year will likely end with a budget deficit because of the COVID-19 virus, so  we will be unable to cut the sales tax on food until some future date.

Voter’s Rights

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Registering to vote: In 2011, Kansas passed the Secure and Fair Elections Act which stated “newly-registered Kansas voters must prove U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.”  That seemed reasonable since Kansans must provide proof of citizenship  to get a driver’s license or photo ID.  However, the Kansas Secretary of State interpreted the law to mean that voters who register through the DMV or by using the federal form must also submit proof of citizenship to the County election office.

This has created an awkward situation where voters who have not submitted their documentation to the election office may vote in federal elections, but are barred from voting in Kansas elections. The Wichita Eagle estimated  that as many as 50,000 voters may have been affected by this ruling, many of them  young first-time voters. We encourage our young people to be good citizens, yet Kansas has created obstacles to their registering and voting.

This has been very expensive for Kansas. It has created unnecessary paperwork, required creation of a two-tiered voting system, one for federal elections and one for Kansas elections, and led to expensive lawsuits challenging the interpretation of the law. This has also been damaging to the Republican Party, as it is obvious to young voters who is creating the obstacles to their voting. Recent court rulings allow citizens who register using the federal form at ksvotes.org to vote in all state elections. However, the Kansas Secretary of State has not changed the State’s website to be consistent.

Counting votes accurately: During the 2014 election, several candidates who were behind in the polls won their elections. Polls are not votes, but this has caused concern among some Kansans that votes may not have been counted accurately. This could occur by errors in the voting machines, or even possibly hacking. It is possible to determine if the votes were counted accurately by a voting audit, a statistical analysis of the voting tapes produced by the voting machines. Dr. Beth Clarkson, a statistician at WSU, has tried to obtain the tapes to ensure that the votes were counted accurately. However, the Secretary of State opposed this, and has argued successfully that to release the tapes would compromise the privacy of the voter. That is unlikely, as it would would require the voter’s precinct and the exact time to connect a voters name with their vote, something impossible to do.

The legislature is working on legislation to require a random audit of voting machines to assure voters that their votes are accurately counted. That is encouraging. The Kansas Legislature must act to ensure that there are not obstacles to registration and voting, and to assure voters that their votes are accurately counted.

Kansas Must Develop Its Renewable Energy Resources

windmillsWe must develop our renewable energy resources for health reasons, economic reasons, and environmental reasons.

Health reasons: The American Lung Association estimates that there are 26,000 deaths and 1.5 million cases of acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma caused by small particulates, much of it emitted from coal-fired power plants and from coal ash disposal. They estimate the economic benefits of reduced exposure to particulates alone could reach as much as $281 billion annually. Recently, fine particles have been implicated as a cause of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and new research has revealed a troubling link between mental illness and air pollution that seems to particularly effect children.

Economic reasons: Besides reducing health care costs, a switch to renewable energy will help keep our future electric rates low. Wind and solar are falling in cost and are now competitive with energy from coal-fired power plants. Recently AEP/PSO in Oklahoma purchased 800 MW of wind energy saying the cost was now less than building new coal fired plants, and that the purchase will save an estimated $53 million in the first year and even more thereafter. Kansas currently has 27,000 jobs in the clean energy sector. Of those jobs 75% are in wind energy, and are growing at a rate of 2.3% per year.  By the end of 2019, 36% of Westar’s retail electricity will come from the wind.

Environmental reasons: Coal is 65 to 95 % carbon. What about the rest? Burning coal releases mercury, chromium, lead, cadmium, arsenic, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide,  particulates, and radioactive isotopes. Burning  coal releases millions of tons of pollutants into the air and leaves several hundred million tons behind in the coal ash. Some pollutants stay in the air and others eventually find their way into the water, the food chain, and into us. For comparison, mercury is 100 times as toxic as cyanide, arsenic is 20 times as toxic, and chromium(VI) is 4 times as toxic. These three are also are carcinogenic and accumulate in tissue. Even exposure below the allowed levels increases the chance of cancer over time. The sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide released by coal combustion harm plants, produce acid rain, and increase the greenhouse gas concentrations. Switching to renewable energy would greatly reduce these  pollutants and help preserve the environment for future generations.

Summary: Investing in clean energy protects the environment, reduces death and disease from air pollution, and creates good, local jobs. Kansas must develop policies to encourage the development of renewable energy investments and energy conservation. Our energy needs will best be served by a mixture of traditional and alternate energy sources, and Kansas must be proactive in developing our renewable energy resources.

Endorsements

Representative Don Hineman, former Republican Majority Leader

Dr. Surendra Singh, Professor Emeritus at Newman University

Kansans for Life

Kansas Agri Business Council

KNEA

Kansas Realtors PAC

The Sierra Club

Former Republican Governors Mike Hayden and Bill Graves

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Wichita Eagle :

Moore dedicated

With a sense of greatest respect and confidence, I would like to endorse GOP candidate J.C. Moore to represent the people of Kansas House District 93. I have known Moore for more than three decades as a close friend and colleague at Newman University.

Moore is known for his passion to help students succeed, his warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit. His masterful teaching and academic advising skillfully guided his students into careers serving their communities as physicians, teachers, scientists and allied health professionals. Since retiring, he has decided to devote his time to representing the people of Haysville, Clearwater, Cheney, Viola, and surroundng areas in the Legislature.

Moore is a person of integrity, honesty and foresight. He is determined to restore fiscal responsibility to Kansas, fund education properly and provide health care through expanded KanCare. His utmost concern is to provide education to children and young adults by procuring adequate funds for our schools and universities.

I enthusiastically endorse J.C. Moore to represent District 93.

SURENDRA SINGH, WICHITA

 
Women for Kansas (Nonpartisan)                                                                          “A” rating
 
 
 
 
Moore caring, competent
 

I have known J.C. Moore for decades to be a caring, competent individual, consistent in his commitment to the Kansas community.Kansas is struggling with severe economic difficulties that have led to a deterioration in our educational and health care systems, and a shifting of taxes to the middle class and poor, as well as continuing to under fund our pension system.With his scientist’s grasp of facts and figures and his willingness to problem solve without being trapped by rigid ideologies, he will effectively work with individuals of both parties to address these issues. To me, he exhibits a quiet spirituality in his steadfast concern for the common good, and will be a breath of fresh air in our state Legislature.— Dr. Charles A Gaynor, Bel Aire

 
 
Endorsements: Time for change 
 
 
Wichita Eagle Letter:
 
Moore excellent
 

I would like to call your attention to an excellent candidate who is running for the Kansas House. J.C. Moore has a wealth of what we need to bring to the Legislature at this time. Namely, common sense, decency and an interest in the common good of the state of Kansas.

Moore is a highly educated scientist and professor with a sense of the common touch. He has come out of retirement to serve the state and try to improve our very poor performance in the past few years.

As a board-certified children’s vision specialist, I have particular interest in his intention to expand Medicaid in Kansas. We have lost more than $1 billion by our ideological opposition to aiding the poorest Kansans with basic health care. This is foolish in every way. If Moore is elected, he will seek to rectify the situation.

PATRICK J. PIROTTE, WICHITA

 
 

Goals

Here are my goals for keeping Kansas a great state and the best reasons for them – our children and grandchildren.



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  • Restore fiscal responsibility to Kansas (Read more)
  • Develop an equitable tax plan ( More … )
  • Properly fund education ( More … )
  • Pay retirement fund obligations ( More … )
  • Fund the new Eisenhower infrastructure  plan (More)
  • Fund maintenance on roads, T-Works ( Read more )
  • Expand Kancare for 150,000 Kansans ( More … )
  • Protect voter’s rights ( More …)
  • Reduce sales tax on food  (Read more)
  • Change the Legislature’s Rules (More)
  • Regulate factory farms ( More…}
  • Harvest our renewable energy resources ( More …)

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