David Serrault

Town: Lyons Kansas

Party: Democrat

Age: 63

Current job: Attorney

Prior elected offices: Lincoln County, Kansas, County Attorney 1985-1989

1. Why are you running for the Kansas House? I’m a person who feels a duty of public service, and I want to restore integrity, common sense, and rule of law to Kansas government, reversing the negative impact of recent Kansas administration upon the taxpayers.

2. What do you think about Kansas lowering (2012) and raising (2017) state income taxes while hiking sales tax rate (2015)? Any reduction of taxation is good, however, the reduction of taxation to -0- is not beneficial to Kansas. The reduction in 2012 had a negative impact on Kansas leading to current fiscal problems. That reversal of the 2012 tax reduction is proving beneficial for state government in increased tax revenues. I also think the Kansas sale tax need to be revised. Steep sales tax hurts people on fixed incomes and it impacts sales of large ticket items purchased in neighboring states.

3. Is it necessary for legislators and voters to amend the Kansas Constitution to limit power of the judicial branch to dictate levels of state aid to public school districts? No, I don’t see the need for a fight in the statehouse on a constitutional issue where the votes cannot be had – the legislature should do what Kansas voters want, and Kansans does not wish to see schools gutted. Likewise the statehouse should not be dictating how local monies are spent on education. Kansans should want better education and training for their children. The Kansas Constitution requires the state provide adequate education. The law is the law and we simply need to enforce it.

4. Why should, or why shouldn't, state government expand eligibility for Medicaid? If expanded, do you support work or training requirements for "able-bodied" recipients? Yes, the state should expand Medicaid because it benefits the state in receiving further Federal monies to assure rural hospitals remain open and local county and private providers are reimbursed for in-home health care. We need fiscal oversight of DCF and KDADS agencies, and of the KanCare fiasco; the delays in providing medical eligibility to nursing homes; the no-bid contracts to companies providing computer and data system that do not work. And, yes, there is no reason for able bodied individuals NOT to seek work.

5. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being diverted from the state's highway program to support the government's base budget. How is this appropriate or not? It is not appropriate! We are robbing Peter to pay Paul; this has been symptomatic of prior administration’s efforts to fund the state budgets, spending monies from other agencies and funds that should be protected, and at some point we have to repay these monies, and fund projects that have been delayed.

6. In what ways should Kansas firearm laws be modified? I do not see the need to modify Kansas’ firearm law. The laws in place need to be enforced. We spend too much time on issues that hinder other necessary legislation such as taxation and education. Federal law generally controls. Local enforcement agencies should not be compelled to track and enforce federal mandates.

7. How would you reform state law regarding availability of abortion? I do not see the need to be reforming Kansas law on abortion issue. Enforce the laws currently. Federal law generally controls. As stated above, we spend too much time on social issues that hinder other necessary legislation such as taxation and education. I consider myself pro-life and family values, but there are greater concerns currently for Kansans.

8. Is it necessary for Kansas to follow other states with term limits for House and Senate members? If so, what do you propose? If not, why not? It is not necessary to impose term limits by law. Term limits exist by the will of voters. If voters are unsatisfied, they will vote them out of office. Again, we spend too much time on issues that hinder other necessary legislation such as taxation and education.

9. Would you recommend any changes to Kansas water policy? If so, what? Yes, I would seek more enforcement of the Kansas-Colorado Pact on the Arkansas River and review further the agreement concndering the Republican and Blue Rivers with Nebraska. We need further conservation and education promoting conservation and use of Oqallala Aquifer.

10. Why should voters vote for you instead of your opponent? Because I have differing views, and better ideas how to better serve the 113 Kansas House District. I believe it is necessary to have a louder voice in the Kansas House and to stand up and voice disapproval of law and policy that is detrimental to taxpayers. I believe that just having an (R) next to the candidate name on the ballot, does not guarantee the taxpayers will be served in their best interests. I think we can do better for Kansas.