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Dear Brandon:

The Kansas Legislature wrapped up its veto session week with expected, but nonetheless disappointing results.  The budget bill passed by the House and Senate comes nowhere close to closing the gap left by the 2012 tax cuts.  And what’s worse, the Legislature forfeited its chance to enact real revenue reform in order to hurry home and start their reelection campaigns.  This means closing the rest of the gap will be left to none other than Governor Brownback, who announced draconian cuts this week to higher education and Medicaid, followed shortly by the Kansas Board of Regents announcing 5% tuition increases at most state universities.

I am running to help develop a permanent fix for our budget, not one-time money though cuts and loans.  The 330,000+ businesses who benefit from the 2012 tax cuts use government services like roads, schools, and public safety.  Why are they not paying for them?  I support the repeal of the 2012 tax cuts and rolling back the failed March to Zero and getting Topeka out of our business. Johnson County knows how to grow jobs, we must be given the ability to do so.

The Republican primary on August 2nd is your best chance to restore pride in our government and state.  If you would like to vote at home, please reply to this email and I will send you an application to do so – all you do is sign, or click here to print your own.

Please do not hesitate to reply to this newsletter if you have concerns, want to volunteer to make phone calls to your neighbors, or canvass your neighborhood.  Click here to help me meet voters at their doors.  I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to work to restore Kansas Common Sense to Topeka this August!

Sincerely,
John Skubal, Candidate
Kansas Senate, 11th District
913-469-6641

5/1/2016 Knocking on doors in Leawood
I continued my campaign through the weekend going door-to-door through Leawood.  I met many concerned citizens.  Many were impressed I was taking the time to walk doors myself, commenting that the incumbents would never dare to be so accessible.  My response is that this is what public servants do. The special interests that elected our opponents have no chance against an informed and passionate electorate. It also didn’t hurt to have my granddaughter Kaiti there to butter them up!

5/1/2016 Meet and Greet with House 28th District Candidate Joy Koesten
One of the best ways to hear concerns from voters and spread your message of change in Topeka is to attend meet and greets held at the homes of voters.  I attended this meet and greet in Leawood with my friend and fellow candidate, Joy Koesten.  We both got a chance to lay out our plans for change in Topeka to an audience of active voters.  Change is coming!
  

3-term Overland Park Councilman John Skubal

Business Development Officer,
Kaw Valley Engineering
24-years, JCCC Director of Campus Services
2-years, KCK Public School Teacher

Senate District 11 Resources:

5/2/2016 Tour of Blue Valley High School. meeting with Principal Thanks to Principal Scott Bacon of Blue Valley High School for meeting with me to discuss Blue Valley’s outstanding performance in academics, sports, and the arts, and provide tour of the building.  With your help, I’d like to serve on the Kansas Senate Education Committee to ensure schools like Blue Valley High are fully funded and ready to develop 21st century citizens.

5/2/16 Overland Park City Council Meeting
On the first and third Mondays of every month, I continue to serve the people of Overland Park on the City Council.  My job was made easier this week, however, when the Overland Park Teen Council sat in for us. Teen Council provides a great opportunity to foster leadership, service, and appreciation for local government.  I encourage everyone to become involved in civic organizations for the benefit of themselves, our community,  our state, and our country.
   
5/4/16 Main Stream Coalition Luncheon
On Wednesday, I attended the Mainstream Coalition luncheon, a nonpartisan organization committed to combating political extremism.  Turnout was outstanding, showing there is a large portion of Johnson County voters who value a middle way in Kansas politics, and promote engaging across the political spectrum for the greater good.

   

5/4/2016 Knocking on Doors in Overland Park
Candidate for the House 20th District, Jan Kessinger and I, were hard at work again knocking on doors in the Blue Valley North High School neighborhood.  We had fruitful conversations with many concerned parents who don’t want to see their children’s after-school activities on the Legislature and Governor’s chopping block.  Jan and I will work tirelessly to make sure that does not happen!

     

5/5/2016 Police Volunteer Recognition Dinner
A day is never wasted when you can thank those who serve and protect.  A dinner was hosted by the Overland Park Police Department to honor police volunteers, men and women who willingly risk their own safety to help keep law and order in our city.  I thank each and every one of them for their service to our community.

5/7/16 “Mom’s March” Walking Party in House District 28
This Saturday, I spend the day walking neighborhoods in Leawood with my friend and fellow candidate, Joy Koesten.  Joy organized a hardworking group of mothers and teachers to walk the neighborhoods. This work cannot be done without the support of mothers!

5/14/16 “Wolf Walk” Walking Party @ Prairie Star Elementary
We had another great weekend for walking neighborhoods, this time around Prairie Star Elementary School in Leawood. We knocked on over 200 doors, a whole precinct!

5/17/2016 Public Works Association Luncheon
The KC Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association hosted a lunch for regional industry experts.  The speakers stressed the need for a renewed focus on infrastructure improvement in Kansas City.  Millions of dollars are lost and lives are put at risk every day when the Kansas Legislature does not fund infrastructure projects like bridges and roads.

  

5/17/2016 Knocking Doors in Leawood
More doors, more great responses!  Jan Kessinger and I canvassed the Longwood Forest neighborhood in Leawood, finding more concerned citizens and gratitude for our candidacies.  We’ll be coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

  

Upcoming Events

  • 5/21/16: “Raider Roundup” Walking Party @ Shawnee Mission South, volunteer here
  • 5/22/16: “Mustang Mad Dash” Walking Party, volunteer here
  • 5/25/16:  Leawood Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals

Legislative Update

Education
The Kansas Supreme Court held hearings on May 10 on the constitutionality of last year’s block grant bill and the legislature’s attempts to fix the inequities in the system. We expect an opinion any day which could require a special session. As I tell my grandkids about picking up a mess – if you do it right the first time, you don’t have to do it again! I’ll keep you updated.

Budget
I mentioned earlier that as a result of the unbalanced (unconstitutional?) budget the legislature passed, which my opponent supported, Governor Brownback slashed Medicaid reimbursements (they’re already so low that fewer and fewer physicians accept Medicaid) and the Kansas Board of Regents by 4%. A clearly stunned Tim Caboni, KU’s vice-chancellor for public affairs, issued a statement on behalf of the KU community:
If this is the most legislative news you’ve heard in four years, there’s a strategic reason for that – informed voters make better decisions and the outside special interests capitalize on a voting public that doesn’t have time to decipher the double-speak coming out of Topeka. It’s time YOU were in control, so I’m trying to bring transparency, accountability, and understanding to the issues we face as a state. Thanks for reading!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you in Topeka.

Councilman John Skubal
Candidate, Kansas Senate District 11
Serving Overland Park and Leawood
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