J.R. Claeys | Salina's Representative


Rep. Claeys created a Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems position in KDOT Aviation, and proposed a tax credit for engineers to support development of the industry in Salina.
Rep. Claeys is responsible for a Kansas Highway Patrol recruitment and retention plan that resulted in one of the largest recruiting classes in history at the KHP Training Academy in Salina.
Rep. Claeys led the effort to reform government programs by rooting out waste while looking for more efficient delivery of the programs and services we expect from our state.
Claeys Named to Special Committee on Commerce

Salina, Kans. -- Representative J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) was appointed today to the Special Committee on Commerce. The special committee has been tasked with reviewing economic development programs administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Among legislation that will be reviewed by the committee is a bill supported by K-State Polytechnic, the Salina Chamber, the Salina Airport Authority and the Salina Community Economic Development Organization that Claeys introduced last session. The Kansas Aerospace Education Tax Credit cleared the House, but was not reviewed by the Senate.

"These programs are vital to growing premium-wage jobs in our region," said Claeys. "Programs that incentivize workforce development and creating good-paying jobs in Kansas have the effect of giving our kids an opportunity to raise their families here in Kansas, rather than leaving for Texas."

The committee will also review the long-term future of the Sales Tax & Revenue (STAR) Bond program. Claeys introduced and carried the STAR Bond Reauthorization bill last session that preserved financing for the Salina Downtown Renovation Project.

Claeys serves on the House committee on Commerce, Labor & Economic Development during the regular session.

Paid for by Kansans for Claeys, Mark Hassman, Treasurer