I currently represent District 39 in the Kansas House of Representatives. District 39 is located in Shawnee, one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas.
The Kansas House has adjourned until May. Here's a wrap-up of some key issues and an analysis of the hostile environment that influenced the legislature this session. Learn how lobbyists and lawyers continue to pit school funding against every other priority of the state -- including nursing homes, foster care, mental health, corrections, transportation and other essential services that Kansans need. See the mess they've created.
How an irresponsible school funding plan will again hold taxpayers hostage >
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A post-election message from Rep. Donohoe:
Thank you to the voters of District 39! I appreciate your support and look forward to upholding the conservative values you elected me to represent in Topeka, as your 39th District Representative in the Kansas House. Let's keep the lines of communication open -- email me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
For those of you across the state, I look forward to meeting you or getting reacquainted. I served in the House for 3 terms (2006-2012) and faithfully promoted lower taxes AND lower spending. Unfortunately, that didn't happen at the same time. So here's what I campaigned on:
Owen Donohoe brings values and financial integrity back to the Kansas Capitol.
Kansas has been through a lot in the last four years -- financial tumult, legislative chaos and threats to our values. It's time for a leader to set a better course for the future of our taxpayers, families, small businesses and most vulnerable citizens. It's time for a leader like Owen Donohoe in the Kansas House of Representatives.
"The legislature has lost its focus on representing the taxpayers," says Rep. Donohoe, explaining why he is seeking office after three successful terms ending in 2012.
"I want to bring the focus of the legislature back to supporting family values and fiscal accountability," Rep. Donohoe explains. "This is what the citizens want – accountability, transparency and a strong foundation of values in our policies."
Things to consider this legislative session:
NewsFriday, June 21, 2019 12:00 AM
The sting of higher taxes isn't going away
Now that the Kansas legislature has adjourned our 2019 session, and the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that Kansas public schools are adequately funded, I want to address some key issues that arose in this session and explain that the rapid hikes in state income taxes are far outpacing taxpayers' income. This is a huge problem.
Kansas now has a $7 billion state budget, which has increased $1.4 billion (25%) over the last 3 years. Spending has grown 7% this year, and Gov. Kelly approved a 9% increase for next year. This astronomical increase is fueled by huge tax increases, but has not been matched by growth in taxpayers' personal or business income.
Friday, April 12, 2019 7:45 AM
Now that the Kansas legislature has adjourned until May 2019, I want to address some key issues that happened in this session and the environment in which we are trying to create sensible laws.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:10 PM
Here is a list of my votes on final action in the House bills, and on bills referred by the Senate (at adjournment on April 5, 2019).
Friday, March 29, 2019 2:40 PM
Join me on Sat., March 30 at 10 am at the Monticello Library in western Shawnee for a legislative coffee to discuss recent issues and legislation.
We'll be talking about education finance, Medicaid expansion, protecting life, and other recent legislation. Learn more and see my recent votes.
Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:10 PM
Read my full legislative newsletter and see how I voted on legislation in late February and early March 2019