© 2021 KMUW
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics
00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

After Narrow 2014 Win, Scapa Faces New Challenger For Kansas House Seat

bishop_scapa_88.jpg
Democrat Elizabeth Bishop, left, and House District 88 incumbent Joseph Scapa.

The matchup in Kansas House District 88 in southeast Wichita could be a close race to watch. During the 2014 general election, Republican Joseph Scapa won by less than 30 votes. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Bishop hopes to unseat him.

Both candidates say balancing the state budget is the main priority. Scapa cites the Kansas Statewide Efficiency Review, which he says needs a closer look.

"There were over $2 billion in inefficiencies that were found in that study, and we need to look at implementing some of those to balance the state budget," he says.

Bishop says she wants taxes revisited.

"Some of that will involve revisiting the tax code and changing some of the elements of the big tax cut in 2012," she says. "I would also like to see us review the large tax increases in 2015."

Bishop also believes that Medicaid should be expanded in Kansas. She say thousands of Kansans are not receiving services and tax dollars are going to other states.

Scapa disagrees: He says Obamacare is a failing system and extremely costly.