Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Here's what really happened this Legislative session

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

Taking on the tax-and-spend left

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

My final votes until the 2019 veto session

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

Legislative Votes & Issues - Late March 2019

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

Legislative Votes March 8, 2019

Read my full legislative newsletter and see how I voted on legislation in late February and early March 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:59 PM

Withdrawing my signature from 6 House bills

I recently co-sponsored several bills in the Kansas House, and I wish to inform my constituents that this was a mistake. I have attempted to withdraw my signature from these bills.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 11:31 AM

Legislative Newsletter Feb. 9, 2019

My legislative newsletter for the 2019-2020 session launched with a roundup of issues and committee news. Please sign up to receive these updates directly here. 

Read this issue here:


Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:14 PM

Owen's plan to grow the Kansas economy starts in Shawnee

Owen Donohoe has a plan to grow the Kansas economy without raising taxes. 

His plan starts here in Shawnee, where he started a business and raised a large family. Watch this short clip with his opponent:

Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:33 AM

Small Businesses Back Donohoe with NFIB Endorsement

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has endorsed Owen Donohoe for State Representative in Kansas District 39. 

Donohoe has consistently been endorsed by small business owners (NFIB) and the business community (Kansas Chamber of Commerce), because of his commitment to economic growth, prudent development and low taxes that attract and retain businesses in Kansas.

"Owen Donohoe is committed to support small business and free enterprise," NFIB State Director Dan Murray says. "He's committed to ensuring a common sense regulatory, labor and tax environment that will help small businesses grow and create jobs."


Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:58 AM

Tax expertise is needed to fix Kansas' budget mess

There's a clear difference in the capabilities and expertise of my opponent and me. My Democrat opponent hasn't been very transparent about his positions on key issues like taxes and spending discipline. Voters deserve to know all relevant history in order to make an informed choice. See for yourself what real leadership looks like here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:03 AM

Endorsement from NRA

I'm proud to say I have again earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest advocacy group dedicated to the protection of your 2nd Amendment rights. I received an "A" rating.

Sunday, July 8, 2018 6:36 PM

Endorsements from Kansans for Life, KS Chamber, NFIB and more

Owen Donohoe has earned the endorsements of seven leading organizations, spanning the spectrum of policy issues from economic leadership to family values. In contrast, his opponent has not been endorsed by any established membership organizations.

"These organizations represent the highest standards in protecting life, liberty and economic opportunity. I'm honored they agree I'll represent the best values of personal and fiscal responsibility," says Donohoe.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:50 PM

A lesson about state education spending

The media keeps getting the facts wrong about state education spending. Total state spending on education is the highest ever -- $13,236 per student. See how per-pupil spending has INCREASED steadily -- and outpaced all other sectors.

Friday, May 25, 2018 4:06 PM

Rep. Owen Donohoe files for State Representative

Owen Donohoe, former three-term State Representative for the 39th District in Kansas, has filed for the Republican primary for the State House of Representatives.

In his three terms as State Representative representing the citizens of Shawnee, Rep. Donohoe was known as a "Champion of the Taxpayer" and a strong, pro-life supporter of family values.

"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 and a strong foundation of values in our policies."


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