Name: Anita Judd-Jenkins
Position you are running for: Kansas House of Representatives, District 80
How long have you lived in the district you wish to represent?
I have lived in Arkansas City since June 1976, in the same house for 34+ years.
Why did you choose to run for this position?
I chose to run for District 80 Representative in 2016 because I was tired of our lack of representation in Topeka and the voting record that did not support our rural voices.
What changes, if any, would you make to the calculation used to determine funding amounts for Kansas schools?
I feel confident in the formula for school funding that was passed this Session. It targeted money toward areas that had been found deficient by experts and the courts.
Our failure to include the Consumer Price Indexing (CPI) within the formula can be remedied early next Session with no tax increase necessary.
What is your stance on the Second Amendment (in detail, please)?
I support our 2nd Amendment rights. I grew up hunting and fishing, and my family continues to enjoy sports hunting.
I voted for a reciprocity law to protect citizens crossing state lines with their weapons. I believe I should be able to sell my rifle to my nephew without undue burden by the state.
Some issues, like guns in schools or hospitals, should be decided by local boards, not a one-size-fits-all from a state or federal mandate.
What regulations you think would be appropriate regarding carrying rights for 18- to 21-year-olds?
I voted to reduce conceal carry from age 21 to age 18. The bill did not find enough votes in both chambers to reach the governor’s desk.
Are you in favor of expanding KanCare?
I have and will continue to support Medicaid (KanCare) expansion.
Anti-expansion groups have continued to try and confuse citizens by implying Medicaid and Obamacare as the same program. They are not!
Medicaid (KanCare), a joint federal/state program, provides medically needy health coverage to low-income residential Kansans who are U.S. citizens, or permanent residents.
It assists the disabled, the elderly and frail, traumatic brain injured, dyslexic, qualifying children under age 19, and pregnant young ladies.
It also provides limited assistance to the school systems who educate disabled children.
Payment amounts are determined for those 133% below the poverty level and is based on family size. Some who receive Medicaid pay co-payments for certain services.
During the Brownback administration, Kansas elected to take less reimbursement rate from the Medicaid federal government program to have their own plan: KanCare.
This diminished payment levels to Kansas, thereby reducing reimbursement levels to hospitals, clinics, health care providers, and nursing homes.
We need the maximum reimbursement rate from the federal government generated from our taxes sent every year with our federal income tax.
The Affordable Care Act of 2014 (Obamacare) provides opportunity for the purchase of health care insurance for low-income citizens through a State Exchange or through the traditional insurance market. Citizens that buy insurance through the Exchange may be eligible for tax incentives, subsidies, and/or Medicaid, based on their income.
Currently, approximately 98,000 Kansans are purchasing insurance through these options.
If you support KanCare expansion, please explain how would you propose funding it.
If we expanded Medicaid (KanCare) we would receive a greater return of our tax dollars we send to the Federal government every year.
Additional dollars to our healthcare system would increase the ability of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and mental health facilities to hire additional employees and expand services, thereby creating more income tax, sales tax, and property tax.
It would also reduce the losses now incurred at these facilities that currently receiving no, or little reimbursement for the services they are required to provide.
This would reduce costs for all of us by assuring our Kansas healthcare system is reimbursed at least some percentage for all services provided, not just those that can afford insurance.
The Kansas City Star recently was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for its investigative piece that provided evidence that Kansas is one of the least transparent states in the nation. Sunshine laws are put in place to allow citizens access to open records, as well as provide guidelines for how entities have to respond to requests for information, so citizens can be aware of where their tax money is going. In light of these findings, what are your proposals for making Kansas a more transparent state?
I would love to see our state more transparent. Open records should be available for anyone to access.
It is a responsibility of the governor, our state Legislature, government agencies, contractors, and any entity that receives tax dollars to make their information available.
That should include the transparency of procedures and policies. It is important to keep everyone accountable.
I would support Legislative action to limit or eliminate “gut-and-go” proceeding, which allows one Legislative chamber to “gut” the contents of a bill that has already been passed by the other chamber and insert entirely different content. I would support limits on how much cost can be levied for those seeking documents from tax-funded entities.
How would you propose encouraging entrepreneurship in Kansas? How would you propose encouraging residents to support small businesses that already exist in the state?
Since our state’s founding small businesses and Mom-and-Pop stores had been rural Kansas’ lifeblood.
In the last 40+ years, we have had many small businesses being displaced as large corporations have come to only some rural communities.
Wage and benefit opportunities have been beneficial for the selected community employees, but at the cost of small businesses and small rural communities.
Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Economic Development, and the rural Chambers of Commerce (NOT Kansas Chamber of Commerce) provide information, program sources, tax relief opportunity, and expert advice for small rural business.
However, Kansas Economic Development and the Kansas Department of Labor has suffered severe budget cuts in recent years due to lack of state revenue.
I am hopeful we will be able to restore programs and benefits for entrepreneurs and small businesses with the tax balancing initiated in 2017.
This information was provided by Kansas Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, who is seeking a second two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 80.