WICHITA, Kansas — The Democratic challenger in the race for Kansas governor, Paul Davis, spoke on camera Tuesday in Topeka, after the latest KSN News Poll results were released.
“We have got to be very responsible about the state budget. The governor has put us into a situation that we are going to be in debt to the tune of $1.3 billion if we follow through on his economic experiment and we can’t afford to do that,” said challenger Paul Davis.
“We’ve got to change our economic approach and use proven ways to grow our economy and when we do that we are going to see an economy that is above the national average instead of below where we are at right now. That will allow us to reinvest in our public schools. We know that is going to work well for Kansas. It is going to help us grow as a state,” continued Davis.
“A lot of people are really concerned about the cuts Governor Brownback has made. We’ve seen the consequences of it. I think that is one of the reasons people are coming to support my campaign; because I have been a strong advocate for public schools the 12 years I have been in the legislature,” said Davis.
Davis says he has been a 12-year champion for public schools in the state legislature. It’s why the democrat believes people are supporting his campaign run.
“They want a governor who is going to be a strong education supporter and that’s what I intend to be,” explained Davis.
“We’re gonna have to do this incrementally, we’re not going to be able to turn all this around overnight, there’s been frankly a lot of damage done over the past three and a half years and it’s gonna take us a little time but we have no choice but to get our public schools back in the kind of shape that I think all of us want to see them in,” Davis told KSN.
“I am a parent of a soon-to-be kindergartner, so I’ve got a personal stake in this,” explained Davis. “My wife and I are concerned about our daughter’s education and we want to make sure that she has the kind of opportunities that I had getting public school education here in Kansas.”
Regarding the Economy:
“What we have proposed is that we freeze the income tax rates where they’re going to be on January 1 of 2015. We are not proposing that we’re going to increase taxes on any Kansan from where they’re going to be January 1 of 2015,” said Davis.
Davis explained further.
“What that’s going to allow us to do is again prioritize education. The governor, if we go down his approach, what we’re going to end up in is a huge amount of debt. Our nonpartisan legislative research department has projected over a billion dollars over the next five years and that’s going to mean more cuts for schools,” said Davis.
“We’ve seen Governor Brownback cut schools before, and that’s what he’s going to have to do again if we keep heading down this path,” claimed Davis.
“I think what it’s important for us to do is to get our economy moving again and using proven ways to do that. We have to recognize that what works to grow the economy in Wichita is very different than what works in Garden City, what works in Johnson County, and we’ve got to be adaptable to the different needs of communities out there and that’s really the genesis of our economic approach,” said Davis.
Davis said that Gov. Brownback’s so-called “economic experiment” is not working.
“We also have to make sure that we’re investing in our infrastructure. I was very involved in passing our comprehensive transportation plan back in 2010 and Governor Brownback has taken a billion dollars out of that plan. Those are jobs that are not materializing,” said Davis.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time traveling around the state, and what I’m hearing from Kansans all over the place is a great deal of dissatisfaction with where the state is heading and the kind of leadership that Governor Brownback has provided,” he said.
“I think people see that this economic experiment just isn’t working, we’re lagging behind our surrounding states and the rest of the country, in virtually every economic growth indicator there is, and people are just really concerned about public schools,” explained Davis.