Market locks in historic rate cut

first_imgA historic rate cut next week is expected to spur on homeowners if passed on by financiers. Picture: Liam Kidston.A historic rate cut come Tuesday is expected to save thousands for some homeowners, with the market now locking in a fall to 1.25 per cent — and the potential for more to come.In the past week, the market has dramatically thrown itself behind a drop of 25 basis points, with ASX’s 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures June 2019 contract trading at 98.72 — which it said indicated “a 100 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 1.25 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting”.According to RateCity, the current lowest home loan rate – for one year fixed – was 2.99 per cent from Greater Bank, while the lowest variable rate was 3.29 per cent from Mortgage House. Potential rate cut savings on different loan amounts: Source: FinderFinder has been telling borrowers “if you don’t get the full rate cut, vote with your feet” by switching to a different mortgage.“A lower cash rate will spur even further competition within the market so it is the perfect time to weigh up your options as you have the bargaining power — the best value home loan rates right now start with a ‘3’.”Griffith University’s Mark Brimble and Noel Whittaker of the Queensland University of Technology were among the minority experts who believed the RBA would hold come Tuesday.“I am probably wrong but I think dropping would be a very bad policy — hope the bank realises that,” Mr Whittaker said. 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Mr Brimble said “bias is clearly to the easing, however the RBA may choose to wait for the new financial year for a range of reasons including the finalisation of the budget bills and how geo-political issues play out on the global stage and markets”.Nerida Conisbee of the REA Group was among those who’ve now switched to a decrease after holding out for a while.“I’ve gone against popular opinion and have held off calling a cut until now. I think this month will be it,” she said. “While there has been a lot of poor economic data coming out, it looked like the RBA were holding on to the low unemployment rate as a sign that things were about to improve. With the unemployment rate ticking up in April, I think this will be enough impetus to make a decision to cut.”center_img Jobs figures were among the reasons RBA was said to have held out last month – something it can’t really justify this month according to REA Group economist Nerida Conisbee. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.But he said the questions that needed answering were “how much will they cut by, and how many cuts will follow this one?”.Westpac expects three cuts by the end of the calendar year, a view that one in five Finder survey respondents (22 per cent) supported.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAccording to Finder analysis, just one rate cut passed on could save someone on a $500,000 home loan more than $900 a year.“This snowballs to an annual saving of more than $2,600 should the three cuts come to fruition, with a reduced average variable rate of 4.16 per cent.” Thousands of agents flock to the Coast Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Stadium renovation prompts venue change for Panaad fest

first_imgIn April last year, the Department ofEducation awarded to Negros Occidental, together with Bacolod City, the hostingrights for the 64th edition of the Palarong Pambansa in 2021. BACOLOD City – The provincial governmentof Negros Occidental is making adjustments in this year’s staging of Panaad saNegros Festival amid the scheduled renovation of the sports stadium for thehosting of the 2021 Palarong Pambansa. Entry to the facility is being regulatedespecially after office hours as the area for garden shows along the river hasalso been cleared for fencing. The Panaad Festival, now on its 27thyear, is usually held in April each year. Its major feature is the showcase of32 themed pavilions of each city and municipality of the province, includingBacolod. Negros Occidental last hosted thePalarong Pambansa in 2000, two years after the Panaad Park and Stadium wasopened for the hosting of the same event in 1998. Park facilities will also be improved,which involves organizing the kiosks for the annual Panaad sa Negros Festivaland the provision of parking space.(Witha report from PNA/PN) The provincial government has started totighten security at the Panaad Park and Stadium around November last year tostart the rehabilitation efforts for the hosting of the national sports eventnext year. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said theprovince’s annual “festival of all festivals” will be held at the stage behindthe grandstand and other areas of the Panaad Park and Stadium located inBarangay Mansilingan in this city. The festivity’s main events, includingthe opening and closing ceremonies, are usually held inside the stadium.last_img read more

Doris Ruth “Daisy” Henry, 80, Brookville

first_imgDoris Ruth “Daisy” Henry, age 80, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, July 20, 2020 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born March 25, 1940 in Brookville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Andy G. & Virgie Mae (Burch) Neeley.Daisy was retired having worked at the former Philco Ford/Visteon in Connersville.Survivors include two grandchildren, Chane Stratton of Indianapolis, Indiana and Roxanne Stratton of New Port Richey, Florida; three sisters, Loretta Palmer of Indianapolis, Indiana, Lorraine Robinson of Brookville, Indiana, Laverne Blakely of Fairborn, Ohio, four brothers, Clyde Neeley of Brookville, Indiana, David Neeley of Monroe, Ohio, Fred Neeley of Brookville, Indiana, and Larry Neeley of Metamora, Indiana; as well as many nieces & nephews.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Golden Ray Stratton who died in 2016, two sisters, Alpha Wessler and Susie Rowland; four brothers, Clifford Neeley, Robert Neeley, Donnie Neeley, and Paul Neeley.Family & friends may visit from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Wayne Ison will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.  Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.            The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the family of Daisy Henry, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Louisiana Man Dies During Underwater Marriage Proposal

first_imgA moment of celebration quickly turned into heartbreak for a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-area couple who were vacationing in Tanzania.Kenesha Antoine says her boyfriend, Steven Weber, died while trying to propose to her as he was underwater at a beach.According to Antoine, they were vacationing at a cabin with a submerged bedroom that including windows looking out into the water.In a video shared by Antoine, Weber can be seen swimming up to the glass to show Antoine handwritten messages which turned out to be a marriage proposal. Toward the end of the video, Weber pulls out a ring and Antoine yells, “yes!” Weber then swims out of frame, but his girlfriend says he did not return to the surface.Antoine’s Facebook post says, “Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next… I love you so much, and I always will.” The Department of State confirmed on Friday that a U.S. tourist had died in Tanzania, but did not provide other details.last_img read more

No. 10 Syracuse marches from four-point halftime deficit to stun No. 9 Virginia at last second

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR On Sunday in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse found itself in almost the same game as the two weeks prior. The Orange allowed the first goal but stayed within striking distance in the first quarter only to have an abysmal second quarter put the team in a big halftime hole. Syracuse started the second half hot and clawed back by late in the fourth.Against then-No. 12 Albany on Feb. 18, Syracuse overcame a five-goal first-half deficit to win with 1.6 seconds left. Against Army on Feb. 25, the Orange fell behind by as many as four and still found itself tied until the Black Knights scored with a second to go. Against Virginia on Sunday, after falling behind 8-4 at halftime, the comeback came furious as ever.With 15 seconds to go, Sergio Salcido spun as his defender, senior Michael Howard, slipped and the righty SU midfielder broke a 13-13 tie when he five-holed UVA goalie Will Railey with a left-hand shot. Though the Orange has remained in every game until the literal final second, it was SU’s first lead in seven quarters.“We’ve been playing that way,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said of the Orange’s first half struggles. “I don’t want to play that way. I want to get off to a better start.”Salcido’s big shot delivered Syracuse a win in its third straight one-goal game. No. 10 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) once again put a poor first half behind it and defeated No. 9 Virginia (4-2, 0-1), 14-13, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUVA built its lead behind junior goalkeeper Will Railey, starting because the team suspended All-American Matt Barrett indefinitely for a drug possession arrest in the preseason. Several saves left Desko walking down the sideline shaking his head. In the second quarter alone, Railey stonewalled five Syracuse shots as the Cavaliers’ No. 1-ranked offense built a four-goal lead.“We didn’t shoot great,” Desko said. “We knew we were going to get fastbreaks, just like Virginia got fastbreaks and we didn’t capitalize on some of those. I’m a little disappointed in that.”Syracuse responded with the first goal of the second half and then went on a four-goal, 2:33 run to bring the game back within one just before the end of the third quarter. The spurt itself and the main source — midfielder Matt Lane, who posted five points total after entering with two on the season — mirrored the Orange’s offensive production all season long. The most reliable answer is a new one.In its last three games, Syracuse’s offense has scored 13 goals in the first half and 23 in the second. “The biggest area to address with Syracuse,” ESPN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon said in January, “is offensive consistency. They need to do it every game.”Virginia kept pressing with a formula proven to work against Syracuse. The Black Knights had won the groundball battle (31-24) and beat the Orange at the X (17-13) without stalwart faceoff man Ben Williams. Though Williams returned and appeared un-hobbled, the Cavaliers replicated the success with junior Jason Murphy leading Virginia’s strong-arming of Syracuse and Williams, 17 to 14, at the X. But the bulk of Virginia’s added chances came from the turf where UVA out-scooped SU on groundballs, 43-27. Desko called the team’s groundball fortunes “snake-bit.“We’ve been preaching groundballs win games all year,” said attack Nate Solomon, who had five points. “… I guess we need to practice ’em more.”Extra looks at an inexperienced, rotating back line produced dividends for Virginia just like Army and Albany. Syracuse altered the past two week’s strategy of starting close defender Marcus Cunningham and subbing in freshman Nick DiPietro after the first quarter and mixed the two more on Sunday. The two both jumpstarted transition goals with prolific clears, but struggled with slides at times.As in Syracuse’s prior two games, the defensive letdowns in the first half shored up in the second and the scattershot offense roared back to give SU a chance in the fourth quarter. With 33.3 seconds to go, the Syracuse-Virginia series stood deadlocked. In that moment, each team had exactly 16 wins and 429 goals against one another.The dramatics were a means to an end for Desko and his players. The team however begrudgingly has become accustomed to such high-pressure situations. Then, in the latest instance on Sunday, Salcido uncoiled and unknotted it all.“We don’t want to be getting into these nail-biters coming down the stretch,” Salcido said. “We’d like to get a lead early and control the game. But you’ve got to adapt and overcome.” Commentslast_img read more

Below-par Chelsea beaten in Romania

Raul Rusescu struck a first-half penalty to give Steaua Bucharest a narrow advantage in their Europa League last-16 tie against Chelsea.Rusescu struck his 23rd goal of the campaign after he was fouled by Ryan Bertrand as they competed for a cross.Cristian Tanase narrowly missed from 20 yards for Steaua in the second half after good work by Iasmin Latovlevici.Chelsea created few chances in a laboured performance, but Juan Mata and Marko Marin went close late on.Steaua, who hold a 12-point lead at the top of the Romanian top division, enjoyed the greater share of what few chances there were, cheered on by a crowd that included ex-Romania captain Gheorghe Hagi, former US and French Open tennis champion Ilie Nastase and the country’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta.Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez, whose team face an FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United on Sunday, made five changes to the side who defeated West Brom 1-0 in the Premier League last Saturday. Fernando Torres replaced the ineligible Demba Ba, cup-tied after playing for Newcastle in the Europa League this season, while John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, John Obi Mikel and Yossi Benayoun also came in, with Victor Moses and Ramires left at home, and Ashley Cole and Mata dropping down to the bench.Chelsea weathered a spell of early Steaua pressure without too much difficulty, with the home side restricted to one long-range effort from Alexandru Chipciu in the opening half-an-hour.The European champions struggled to create many early openings themselves, though, as they were restricted largely to threatening from set-pieces in a frustrating first half, during which a number of their players were targeted by a laser pen directed at them from the crowd.They went behind in the 34th minute, when Bertrand was judged to have fouled Rusescu as they challenged for Latovlevici’s superb left-wing cross.Rusescu, Romanian domestic football’s leading scorer, picked himself up to strike the resulting penalty low and hard into the corner, although keeper Petr Cech got a hand to it. Chelsea began to apply a greater degree of pressure after going behind, with Eden Hazard setting up Benayoun for a low shot from the edge of the penalty area, which Steaua keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu got down to push aside.Tatarusanu was alert again moments later to beat away a snapshot from Torres, but the keeper was otherwise untroubled in the opening 45 minutes.The impressive Latovlevici continued to cause problems as an attacking left-back in the second half, delivering a cross that Chelsea struggled to clear before Chipciu set up Tanase to drive a low shot wide from 20 yards.In contrast, Chelsea remained uninspired even after Mata came on to replace Benayoun in the 64th minute.Hazard had a half-chance with just over 15 minutes to go, firing over from a tight angle when Torres nodded the ball into his path. Marin almost snatched a late equaliser after coming on as a substitute, cutting in from the left to hit a low right-foot shot that Tatarusanu pushed out at the near post, while David Luiz hit a free-kick just over.But Benitez’s side could not score, and have work to do at Stamford Bridge to turn the tie around in the second leg next Thursday. read more

Kenichi’s Diary: Three reasons why Hearts’ new man could be a hit

first_imgFor US-based Ghana coach Robert Sackey, new Hearts of Oak new coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi is not the right person for the job.The announcement of the Japanese-American has been met with mixed reviews. The major concern which cuts across has been how relatively unkown Kenichi is and how college football cannot be compared to higher level soccer.A lof of the points are valid, but certain facts might be well remembered.For many Ghanaians, we should not forget Mariano Barreto and Milovan Rajevac were both subjected to such scrutiny when appointed but proved beyond doubt they were worth every penny.Soccer is a universal game hence it comes as no surprise a South American excels in Europe and an African in Asia.Coaching is very similar and the most important bit of it is about getting the best out of your players mentally, physically and tactically as well as being clear with your ideas. For Hearts, there could be specific reasons for the appointment of Kenichi. The experienced Herbert Addo came and was below standard, the young C.K Akunnor came and failed, David Duncan’s case is still a mystery yet to be unraveled while Paa Kwesi Fabin could not stay for too long.So why the gamble of the Japanese-American?1. Possible guidance or tutoring of youngstersThe Hearts team is currently filled with youngsters who could potentially blossom into big name stars given the right guidance.Sarbah Laryea, Fatau Mohammed, Isaac Mensah, Issah Mumuni, Paul Acquah and Kenneth Okoro all showed flashes of brilliance during the course of last season but inexperience was always their biggest flaw. Having a coach who specializes in youth football could possibly be the catalyst to a successful career. With the right guidance and coaching, these players could possibly be Black Stars materials in the not-too distant future. This move should further justify the appointment of Yaw Preko as his assistant. The former Black Stars winger has been with the Black Satellites for a couple of years now and he alongside Sellas Tetteh have been scouting the country for talents and coaching them. If both Kenichi and Preko work in tandem, these youngsters could terrorize most of the Premier League clubs in the country.–2. Structured team and youth systemIt is no secret that the conveyor belt for youthful talent production is non existent Hearts of Oak. Auroras, the youth team, is as good as dead. Not even the introduction of the reserves league could generate any big name for the club. For a club who have not been in the best financial situations, reliance on youth production will be a sure bet to reduce their excessive spending.Coughing huge sums of money to clubs for the services of their players will be drastically reduced. In hiring the Japanese-American the club will be hoping a reliable youth team will be put in placed with players constantly knocking on the doors of the first team.–3. Opportunity Cost Hearts were clearly torn between paying for an experienced coach and going for an inexperienced manager who could well have the potential.For the experienced coach, Hearts were going to cough out a substantial sum of money while the inexperienced coach was going to go for a relatively cheaper cost. The alternative forgone in Kenichi’s appointment is the high cost and experience of a big name manager. It comes as no surprise Swedish Tom Strand, who was their prime target, was ditched at the last moment due to his high demands.This is a clear gamble for the Phobians who are reportedly going to pay Kenichi in the region of $1800 per month.All in all, every appointment of a coach is certainly a gamble. The most important bit now is for Phobians to get behind the new manager and hope for the best. It will be a massive feather in the cap of the Heart’s management should the Japanese-American lead the club to league glory. Anything short of that and he is sure to incur the wrath of the usually wild and impatient fans.All the best Kenichi!*CLICK TO READ: Kenichi’s first day at work [PHOTOS]–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner has waited a long time to celebrate

first_img“It’s something,” he said, “I can definitely get used to.”As a utility infielder and pinch-hitter extraordinaire, Turner became something of a secret weapon in his first season with the Dodgers.Signed as a free agent in February, the Mayfair High graduate is hitting .333 with a .397 on-base percentage. Both figures rank among the top 10 among players with at least 300 plate appearances. Only five men have driven in more runs as a pinch hitter this season than Turner, and none has batted at least 50 times with runners in scoring position and produced a better batting average — an other-worldly .410.By September, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was in the habit of saving Turner for ninth-inning situations, often high-leverage situations with runners on base. Turner started in place of All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon on Tuesday and led off the game with a home run against San Francisco Giants All-Star left-hander Madison Bumgarner.“This is the reason I came over here,” he said. “I knew how good of a team it was. I knew they needed a little help on the bench. I knew there would be an opportunity for me to help contribute and from day one the goal here was to win a division, get in the playoffs and win the World Series.”In reality, Turner said, this wasn’t his first baseball dream. Growing up in Southern California, he dreamed of playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton. From 2003-06 he did, winning a national championship in 2004. Before Wednesday, that was his last title-clinching celebration.Turner said he always considered himself more of a Titans fan than a Dodgers fan. Before starring there as a baseball player, he was a bat boy at Fullerton for four years as a child. But he remembers watching Kirk Gibson celebrate his famous home run in the 1988 World Series at his grandparents’ house in Lakewood.“My family is all Dodgers fans,” he said.Though he has accumulated plenty of glory to bask in, something — maybe the long wait for another championship — seems to have humbled Turner along the way. He is patient enough to answer every question thrown his way after every game, and typically deflects praise to his more famous teammates.“This is an interesting team,” he said. “There’s so many personalities, a ton of talent in here. So much happened, whether good or bad, we’re like a big family. Everything that happens here draws us closer together.“From the number one guy on the roster to the 25th, to I don’t know how many we have now, 37, how many guys have contributed down the road, it’s unbelievable.” To anyone who played for the Dodgers last season, the scene Wednesday night was familiar. Corks popped, locker stalls were covered in plastic tarps, a small lake of champagne and beer formed in the middle of the home clubhouse. The thick smells of sweat and alcohol combined into something strangely sweet.For the players who didn’t have a chance to celebrate a National League West title before Wednesday, many had enjoyed a similar moment somewhere else. Dan Haren won a division title and a playoff series with the A’s in 2006. Roberto Hernandez and Jamey Wright won a wild-card game last year with Tampa Bay.Maybe no one contributed more to the 2014 Dodgers, and waited longer for the moment, than Justin Turner.The 29-year-old Long Beach native slogged through two minor-league seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization, one-and-a-half seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, and three-and-a-half seasons with the New York Mets, without reason to celebrate.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kenan Kodro: I will be wearing Osasuna’s Jersey next season as well

first_img(Source: Kenan Kodro is playing in very good shape in finish of the season of the Spanish Segunda game. Meho Kodro’s son performed at the final match of Osasuna, when the club from Pamplona defeated Huelva and came closer to survival in the second rank of Spain.Until the end, Kodro’s club has to win one point in a match against Sabadell.“We are one step away from our goal and I hope that we will win the last game of the season against Sabadell as well, which would certainly ensure our survival in the Spanish Segunda, even though it is possible to survive with a draw as well, even in case of defeat if the results of other matches appear to match,” said Kodro.Meho Kodro’s son will be wearing jersey of Osasuna in the next season as well.“I’m staying because I like it here. Osasuna will be back in Primera very soon “, announced Kodro.last_img read more

State Farm Bureau forum brings local, state and national candidates together in one place

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How out of touch can you be? It’s time that our reps stop pointing the fingers, and start pulling the thumbs. Take responsibility for your actions. From all I can tell, Ed Trimmer is the only incumbent worthy of a vote. Boot the rest out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 213 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 213 weeks ago I think all that are in office now should go and have term limitations. Apparently they haven’t changed much yet so why not try someone new? Report Reply 1 reply · active 213 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KANVOTE · 213 weeks ago While I understand your frustration with the current legislature, it think your idea to get rid of all of them is somewhat shortsighted. There are some who have been fighting the battle FOR public education and FOR a fair tax policy. Let’s return them and send them some help. That means sending those like Ed Trimmer back and replacing Kelley, Hoffman and DeGraff. Don Shimkus would also fight for those of us who have been ignored by the Governor and his supporters. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Toma87 · 181 weeks ago Good job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 181 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Farm Bureau held its Candidate’s Forum at the Raymond Frye Complex Saturday afternoon as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival.There were more than 16 candidates in attendance who were running for Sumner County Commissioner, Sumner County Sheriff, state representative, state senate, U.S. House Representative and more. Here was some of what was said Saturday evening. Sumner Newscow only focused on those races that are more local in nature.County races: Sumner County officials are all running unopposed. Here are comments from two county officers.Jim Newell, County CommissionJim NewellNewell said he has been part of the board of commissioners for 12 years, and if he gets elected to another term it will be his last. He represents the southwest part of the county.Newell said the tax mil levy is lower now than when he started, but added the casino has had a lot to do with that. It has brought a lot of tax revenue into the county, and he said the commission wanted to give that back to the taxpayers by keeping taxes down.Darren Chambers, Sumner County SheriffDarren ChambersChambers said he has tried to save money and had kept inmates from other counties as a way to help his budget. He said he has brought $1.1 million back into the county by doing this.Chambers said he needs jailers though to keep that system going.———State Representatives: Several people have filed for various state representative positions, and there are four districts in Sumner County. All of the candidates talked about their families and their background as Kansans.District 116Incumbent Kyle Hoffman was unable to attend. He sent Peggy Mast to speak for him and she read what he had written.Hoffman said his family and his own experience has taught him how government can help or hurt business. He has been in the House since 2012, and said he has learned to be more flexible.He favors sanctity of human life and the right to firearms, but said other issues are not as cut and dry. Issues like how much to tax and how to budget are debatable.Hoffman said in the letter that the two previous decades of government has brought a lot of government growth. He said he has voted to change the tax polices of 2012 but he does not favor a total repeal.  He said the tax cuts gave tax relief to everyone and asked if how much worse off would people be if their income taxes were higher.He said government must live within it means and not always ask the taxpayers for more.  He added government should create opportunity for growth.Jolene Roitman is his contender, and her husband, Rick Roitman spoke for her. He said he had his wife had talked about problems in the state for a long time, and finally decided to do something about it.“One of the big things was the disastrous tax cuts in 2012 that were implemented,” Roitman said. “That took money from everyone, even from the Kansas Department of Transportation.   “They have taken so much money from KDOT they used to resurface roads every seven years and now it is 50 years.”“Tax cut also created what is now the largest tax increase in history of state. That is the sales tax increase that was implemented as a result.”He added this has caused issues in the schools. He also talked about Medicaid expansion which the state has been avoiding. He said Wellington’s hospital would get $700,000 per year if it was expanded, and as a result, your tax dollars are going to other states instead.District 82Pete DegraffIncumbent Pete DeGraff said he wants to limit government, but said there is a place for government. He said there are areas where business can do things better. He said he is for individual responsibility.He noted he has a high rating from the NRA, and that he is strong on second amendment rights.Danette HarrisDanette Harris is a decorated combat veteran and has a lot of experience as a leader in the National Guard. She said she is frustrated with the way the state is going.“I fear for my children’s future,” she said. She is qualified “To give the leadership we desperately need.” She said she would develop well thought out plans and then execute the plan to get the desired results.Harris would accept responsibility for mistakes and adjust and that the current administration is bankrupting the state.Harris said she believes education must be funded properly, and then the state needs to deal with its revenue problem created by the 2012 tax cuts.She also wants to stop government raids on the road system.“This state is not just for the wealthy, the lobbyists and paid for officials. It is not about me, it is about Kansas,” she said.She said people need to “Remove toxic leadership in Kansas, and replace them with people who care about people and the state.”District 80Anita Judd JenkinsAnita Judd Jenkins said she is a Republican and she feels her party has been stolen from her. She believes in fiscal responsibility. She said when she says less government, to her that means giving more back to local people.“I would like to see us reverse some of the things that have been done,” Judd Jenkins said. “I am against the healthcare compact. I do not see us being responsible with Medicaid dollars. I believe we must insure everyone so we don’t disadvantage hospitals.”She opposes privatizing Medicaid because Medicaid has been one that pays its bills on time, and when it is privatized it does not.That puts hospitals in a bind.She also said she was alarmed at the $710 million shortfall the state had this year, and she questioned how many years that could continue.Kasha KelleyIncumbent Kasha Kelley said she is a strong believer in second amendment and constitutional rights. She said however, she wanted to talk about the media. She said the media reports its own agenda.“The media says schools are being cut to the bone,” Kelley said. “And I understand there are challenges, but there is no one in Topeka that does not want schools to do well. Everyone wants well educated students who can enter the workforce.”She questioned reports that schools have been making budget cut. She quoted the Kansas Association of School boards in saying the schools are being financed at an all time high, but not after inflation is figured in.She said 50 percent of the state budget goes to education.Kelley also said she had missed some time awhile back, but said she still kept in touch and was able to vote on key issues.Kelley said financial estimates have been missed, but she said the media will not report on the business growth that is happening.  She said more needs to be done to figure out why the estimates keep coming in wrong, but suggested the problem might be in the method of making the estimates. She said new businesses are opening and they brought in more revenue this year.Democrat Michelle Schiltz said she is from Caldwell and has owned a business for many years and is now a volunteer.Schiltz said she realized you can sit and complain or you can do something, and her background as a volunteer spurred her to take action.“The governor has led us into an irresponsible position on taxation,” Schiltz said. “And I am concerned about the state raiding KDOT to make ends meet.”She said there was a fair school funding policy in place for years, but Brownback and his administration threw that out.Schiltz said they cut taxes because they wanted to cut services and education. She accused them of planning the current shortfalls.She said the refusal to expand Medicaid put hospitals at risk. She said rural hospitals are vital to communities and the current system is endangering them.She said she would fight for fair taxation, expansion of Medicaid and fair funding of education. She also wants a court system that is free from politics.“We have to restore the integrity which Brownback has stolen from us,” Schiltz said. “Our legislators have rubber stamped his ruinous policies and we need to stop it.”District 79Ed TrimmerIncumbent Ed Trimmer is running unopposed.Trimmer said many candidate say we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem, but he challenged that notion.  He said if that were true, then why are there major cuts to services for senior citizens and health care for children.“The Brownback administration is bankrupting us and our children, and that needs to stop,” Trimmer said.On education, Trimmer pointed out the state takes 20 mills of local taxes and sends it back to the schools, and says it is funding education with that money. He said the idea that the state is funding schools more than ever is just an accounting trick.He said local budgets are not keeping up with inflation and that is the key statistic.State SenateIncumbent Steve Abrams is not running for re-election.Larry AlleyLarry Alley said everyone wants to fund education and we need more jobs and the state has a budget problem. He added the focus should be on funding the classroom and hiring and keeping the best teachers.“Funding is at a record high, and half the state budget goes to education,” Alley said. “More funding needs to get to the classroom.”Alley agreed we need a stronger economy, but said we don’t need more taxes and regulation.“There should be reward for hard work, not a penalty.”Alley added that revenue is not a problem, but said spending is the problem.“The 2012 tax cuts gave everyone tax relief,” Alley said. “There were some problems but they are being fixed.”The general economic downtown was responsible for economic problems, he said, and not so much the tax cuts that were passed.He dismissed claims about KDOT being raided, noting that they are spending as much on roads as they have ever been.Don ShimkusDon ShimkusShimkus is on the Oxford school board and he said he saw problems at the state level and wanted to get involved.“I am concerned that we are running our state by taking out payday loans that are nearly a billion dollars,” he said.He said he is concerned about education as well, and the overall well being of the state.Shimkus said everyone has numbers and it is hard to know, but he said current road construction is for projects that were already budgeted.He said he is concerned that it won’t be able to continue if the state keeps raiding the funds.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more