Shannon in the News

What’s the impact of expanding Medicaid in Kansas?
15 Jan 2019 at 5:17pm

With the many projects going on in Topeka and with new leadership taking over, some questions still remain about how everything will get done, with one of the questions at Thursday’s brown bag luncheon being about Medicaid expansion, which has been a point of contention in Kansas for a long time. “It’s my understanding Southwest Medical Center, should we expand Medicaid, will get about $800,000 to their bottom line,” 125th District Representative Shannon Francis said. “There are currently a little more than 30 states that have expanded Medicaid ...

Francis meets with Farm Bureau
11 Jan 2019 at 5:15pm

125th House District Representative Shannon Francis was in Liberal Thursday to talk to local constituents about some of the issues coming up in that session. Francis began his discussion by talking about how in prior years, the legislature has tried to find funding for basic government services. “Now, we really have to kind of make sure we don’t spend money we don’t have,” he said. “Before, we were just trying to find money to pay for what we had to have. Kansas historically has switched from a Republican administration to a Democratic administration.” ...

Francis: Transportation key to community’s future
25 Sep 2018 at 2:45pm

With funding for and continued repairs to the state’s highway system an ongoing issue, last session, the Kansas Legislature established a transportation vision task force, which 125th House District Representative Shannon Francis said has a mission with many items. “The mission of the task force is to evaluate the progress of the 2010 Transportation Works for Kansas program to date, evaluate the current system condition of the state transportation system, including roads and bridges, to evaluate the current uses of state highway fund dollars, including fund transfers for other purposes ou...

$8 million in lottery proceeds could go to water programs
8 Feb 2018 at 5:08pm

Frustration with inability to properly finance Kansas water programs prompted consideration of a bill Thursday earmarking $8 million in state lottery proceeds for research, testing and remediation projects.  Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, said the legislative budget process in the past had diluted interest in the proper financing of water policy agendas. Some legislators on budget committees seem deaf to the need of communities to sustain water resources for commercial and residential use, he said. “We talk about the importance of water every year and they quit listening,” Francis said....

Rep. Francis Appointed to State Council on Travel and Tourism
27 Jun 2017 at 3:35pm

Rep. Shannon Francis has been appointed by Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman to serve on the Kansas Council on Travel and Tourism. The council is focused on identifying and evaluating tourism related issues, and makes recommendations on innovative programs that will promote travel and tourism throughout the state. “Tourism is critical to our Southwest Kansas economy,” said Rep. Francis....

House rejects tax hike compromise during rare night sessions
23 May 2017 at 9:50pm

The Kansas House of Representatives and Senate conducted rare night sessions Monday to determine the fate of a fast-moving income tax hike compromise. As soon as the House rejected it, 53-68, the Senate adjourned. The conference committee report for Senate Bill 30 would have raised an estimated $591 million the first year; created a three-tier income tax bracket to replace a two-bracket system; closed the LLC loophole; and ended the glide path to zero for state income taxes. In this region, voting for the tax hike were: Reps. J. Stephen Alford, R-Ulysses; Diana Dierks, R-Salina; Shannon F...

Kansas House fails to override Brownback veto of Medicaid
3 Apr 2017 at 3:49pm

Proponents of Medicaid expansion in the Legislature signaled Monday they would set their sights on finding other routes to improving health care in Kansas after it became clear Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto would stand. The Kansas House fell three votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the governor’s opposition. Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, stood by Brownback’s veto, citing concerns about how Medicaid expansion would play out for rural areas. “My constituents depend on the stability of our western Kansas hospitals,” Francis said. “This plan does not prioritize rural Kan...

Gun control, water, highway funds highlight forum
20 Mar 2017 at 2:55pm

State lawmakers were peppered with questions ranging from gun rights to water rights Saturday at the Rock Island Depot during the Liberal Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum. Kansas 125th District Representative Shannon Francis said water quality rather than quantity is starting to become an issue. “Lakin has a real problem,” he said. “They are finding traces of uranium in their water.” Chamber Executive Director Rozelle Webb asked the positions on the proposed 5-cent tax on fuel. “That tax would raise about $90 million,” Francis said. “We are sweeping $250 million or so out of KDOT thi...

Ad Astra jobs bill passes without child care tax credit
15 Mar 2017 at 2:52pm

The Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act, rewarding an income tax break to investors bringing new jobs to Kansas communities with not more than 60,000 residents, passed the House 97-22 Wednesday. It moves to the Senate. Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, previously a county commissioner in Seward County, said often the impediment to bringing in new business is having the dollars to provide the local infrastructure. Francis supported Ad Astra but said it “won’t be the cure-all.”

TAX INCREASE PASSES – I voted YES (Shannon Francis)
26 Feb 2017 at 6:13pm

When Shannon Francis voted in support of the recent tax proposal to fix the shortfalls, he believed the proposal was the best way to correct the state’s fiscal problems. “We have a structural deficit in excess of $500 million,” Francis said. “We haven’t had a ruling on the Supreme Court on school adequacy. I viewed it as a first step. It proceeded through both houses faster than I expected, and we still have the governor to decide, but it’s a step.” The tax increases will still be lower than what the rates were in 2012 when Governor Sam Brownback’s sweeping tax cuts fiscal shortfalls, and...