- Glassman Corporation (Sales and marketing) 1997 to present
- Fort Hays State University Graduate 1996
- City Commissioner Hays, Kansas 1990-1997 and 2013 to present
- Mayor City of Hays: 1993-1994 and 2015-2016
- Ellis County Extension Board 2014 to present
Married 11 years to Joni Phelps. Stepdaughter, Hailey. I was born in Hays and have lived here my entire life. I currently have two sisters also living in the Hays area.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
There are several immediate steps to address the budget. We have an approved and funded comprehensive transportation program that if implemented will create thousands of jobs and infuse a fair amount of revenue into state and local economies. The expansion of Medicaid (Kan Care) will bring about a huge increase in jobs and also bring back Kansas tax dollars to the state for ramping up our medical coverage. An investment of $200,000 will result in a match of federal money in the amount of $800,000 which will produce a number of jobs and children’s programs. Along with the aforementioned items, the legislature needs to stand up to the governor and demand that he take the lead on producing a tax plan that is beneficial to all and not a chosen few.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
The school finance formula doesn’t have to be rewritten at this time. It simply needs to be funded. The Governor and his followers who state the formula is broken are being misled. The finance formula enacted in the mid-1990s has served the state well in that it provides equal opportunities for students throughout the state. The 1993 formula was a tremendous bi-partisan effort and is a great document that can be changed in order to meet demands such as population shifts and other demographic changes.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
The budget shortfall has affected all areas of state government and services thus the legislature will need to focus on responsibly producing a balanced budget using the available tools such as pursuing the Kansas tax dollars that have been paid to the federal government and bring them back to the state in the form of Medicaid expansion, implementing the transportation program and participating in all of the matching grant programs. The end result will be job creation and increased revenues. With increased revenues, we can begin to address our constitutional requirement of funding our public school system.
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