- Retired after 35 years in Telecommunications Industry
- Founded two successful businesses in Wichita
- 27 year Resident of the current 94th House District
- 7 year Member of the Kansas Patriot Guard
- Undergraduate Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration
- Masters Degree in Business
Married for 32 years
Two Children – Oldest Son is part of the Law Enforcement Community. Youngest Son attends Wichita State University for Pre-Medical
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
There are a number of items that I am looking at, concerning the Kansas Budget:
1. Create a centralized Office of Risk Management to oversee the State’s insurance bids. This is estimated to save the State $170 Million over five years
2. Utilize existing State Resources, such as the Kansas Department of Corrections to employ inmates to manufacture products that are commonly purchased by the State Agencies. This can provide training to inmates, as well as provide a savings to the State of $40 Million over five years.
3. Consolidate offices for the Kansas Department of Transportation, based on geography. This is estimated to save $140 Million over five years.
4. Have KDOT offer corporate sponsorships of road signs, rest stops, etc. This is estimated to produce new revenues of almost $50 Million over five years.
This list goes on and on!
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I have read the media reports on the Schools and Funding. But, I also took the initiative to meet, one-on-one with the School Superintendents in my District. I wanted to hear directly from them, the issues they face with School Funding. They provided some very good insight to a difficult situation. As such, I will keep an open communication with the Schools and the Superintendents as we work thru the funding formulas. I will work with the courts and others at the legislature in order to ensure we meet the requirements for adequate and equitable school funding for K-12 and Higher Education needs.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
I have three top priorities that I will work and fight for. The following are not in any specific order, but all three must be addressed:
1. Education – Our children and our children’s education must come first and foremost! This issue is one of my most critical decision factors to run for a position in our State Government.
2. State Budgets – We must work together to balance the Kansas State Budgets and stop robbing from one source to pay for another. This is critical, because the budgets must be balanced before we can move on to other issues such as turning Kansas into a business-friendly state and attracting more jobs. More jobs also means our children will have a better chance of remaining in Kansas after they graduate and begin to raise their families.
3. I will vow to work with others in the Legislature! There is currently too much in-fighting and not enough working together to create solutions to our many problems. This has to worked through, if we are ever going to move forward as a State!
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