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.
Rep. Claeys Proposes Plan to Attract Engineering Students & Engineering Jobs to Salina

Salina, Kans. -- Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) is proposing a plan to incentivize attending a Kansas college for an aviation engineering degree or a degree in a field related to the manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

"Growing jobs in Salina requires a skilled workforce," said Claeys. "The high-paying engineering and technical manufacturing jobs in aerospace are coveted across the country, but we have an advantage in Salina."

Rep. Claeys is proposing a tax credit for aviation engineers and manufacturing technicians involved in the building of UAVs or their principal parts. Any graduate of a Kansas college who is employed as an aviation engineer or UAS manufacturing technician in Kansas will receive a state income tax credit of up to $15,000. This program has the effect of encouraging business to locate here to attract qualified engineers, while encouraging students to attend our universities and stay in Kansas to receive the credit.

Any graduate of a Kansas college who is employed as an aviation engineer or UAS manufacturing technician in Kansas will receive a state income tax credit of up to $15,000. This program has the effect of encouraging business to locate here to attract qualified engineers, while encouraging students to attend our universities and stay in Kansas to receive the credit.

"Our students are graduating and leaving," said Claeys. "We now have a plan to bring the jobs to our region that will keep our best minds in Salina."



Aviation Engineer & UAV Manufacturing Technician Tax Credit (PDF)
A tax credit designed to incentivize engineering students to complete their degree in Kansas and remain in Kansas to work after graduation.





Paid for by Kansans for Claeys, Mark Hassman, Treasurer