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During challenging times, state government needs experienced leadership rooted in conservative values that can make a difference for our communities.
I pledge to continue to be a voice for the people I represent and not special interest groups. Putting the people of my district first has always been my top priority."
--Rep. Peggy Mast
2016 Legislative Newsletters
Each week, Peggy releases a newsletter discussing what's going on in Topeka. To read Peggy's 2016 Legislative Newsletters or to catch up on previous years, visit the Newsroom
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For many, the tradition of Thanksgiving is a time to focus on God’s blessings that date back nearly four centuries in America. While such celebrations originally occurred in Cape Henry, VA as early as 1607, it is from the Pilgrims that we derive the current tradition known as Thanksgiving.
The Pilgrims left England on September 6, 1620, and for two months braved the harsh elements of a storm-tossed sea. After disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they had a time of prayer followed by immediate shelter construction. However, they were unprepared for a harsh New England winter and nearly half died before spring. The loss did not deter them. With assistance by helpful Indians, the Pilgrims reaped a bountiful harvest the following summer. Filled with thankful hearts, the Pilgrims declared a three-day feast in December 1621 to thank God and celebrate with their new friends.
As we approach this rich American tradition, let us too give thanks for the bountiful blessings we enjoy. Much like the early Pilgrims, Kansas had a rough and rugged beginning. However, God has blessed our state with rich farm land and the ability to produce abundant harvests. According to the USDA, this year’s corn crop yielded 68.7 million bushels, up 75 percent over last year. The wheat crop yielded 378 million bushels, an increase of 38 percent since last year. Additionally, the latest jobs report indicates there is a record number of individuals employed in our state. Not to mention Kansas is ranked 5th best in the nation for business1. Kansas schools are also a reason to be thankful, with our state ranking 12th in the nation for best schools2and the 9th best state for teachers3. From the harvest, to business, to education and so much more, we can truly be grateful for Kansas’ blessings.
In the United States, we have many amazing freedoms. The liberty to own land, freedom to travel, worship, and prosper by the labor of our hands are opportunities we should never take for granted. This Thanksgiving, remember the generosity, prosperity, and abundance we have been shown as a country and a state. While we may no longer celebrate with three days of feasting like the Pilgrims (something my health and figure is grateful for), I hope you remember the heritage we have as Kansans. This Thanksgiving, I wish you the blessings of good health, warm and pleasant time to spend with family, and a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving meal.
“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…..Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789….that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection”
“Congress recommends a day of….thanksgiving and praise so that the people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts…and join..their prayers that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and …to enlarge His kingdom which consists in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
--CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, 1777
“We often forget the Source from which the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies com…No human wisdom hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God…I therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States…to observe the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
Kansas House leader attends special education summit
TOPEKA—House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast (R-Emporia) attended the 2015 Education
Summit last weekend in Aspen, CO. The event was hosted by the Aspen Institute and the State
Leaders Legislative Foundation (SLLF). SLLF is a non-partisan organization providing support,
information, and counsel to state leaders across the country.
For the full release, click here.
What I'm Hearing From You
The debate over the budget and tax policy in 2015 is a difficult one, with a wide variety of opinions about the direction we should take. Here is an example of the emails I've received from constituents:
“I have not heard much about discussion on closing the unexpected loophole for taxpayers with regard to the LLC type businesses. I don't believe the legislature intentionally created this large loss of revenue for the state. I believe we should vote to close the loophole. I know I will be adversely affected by this move. Businesses moved from a regular corporation to this, as any red blooded American, to save money. I do understand that those that have taken advantage of this will not be happy, but should not complain too much!!! You have to do what is right for Kansas, and leave behind finger pointing, which accomplishes nothing for the common good.
‘Sin taxes’ may be hard to pass, and may not raise a great deal of revenue. If we needed that revenue, I guess it would be OK!
Changing the law with regard to selling of liquor in grocery stores is counterproductive, in that it will just run small business owners out of business and shift tax from them to the grocery stores, and NOT raising any new revenue. (Special interests) Just because other states have done this is NOT good logic. Leave it alone!
I find it unfortunate that some legislators use finger pointing, like the Democrats pointing to the Republicans , the house vs the senate, visa versa, leadership, "they" caused the problem OR within each party. Let’s get busy and do what you can to solve the problems of Kansas. Bickering does not move Kansas forward to create a better business and living environment!
The legislature HAS passed some good legislation!”
I very much appreciate your input and encourage you to e-mail me with your thoughts!