- President, Construction Rental, Inc. (retired)
- BA, Oral Roberts Univ.
- MBA, University of Kansas
- Salina City Commission (2013-Present)
I was born in Charlotte, NC, and I have been a resident of Kansas for 42 years. I have lived in Salina for 37 years. I was married for 35 years to Saralyn Reece Hardy. We have three sons, who now all live in Kansas City.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
The current Kansas budget rewards a select few while punishing thousands of hard-working Kansans. We need to repeal the Brownback tax policy passed in 2012, and replace it with a tax policy that is fair for all Kansans. That would address our current deficit.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
The school funding formula we used in 2011 seemed to work well across the state to provide an adequate and equitable education for our children. I think we need to adopt that formula, or something very similar to it.
School funding designated for classrooms has been flat since 2009, while inflation and costs related to education have continued to rise. We must do what we can to keep pace with those costs.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Our budget crisis is our top priority for the 2017 legislative session. We have many pressing issues in our state that merit our attention, but until the budget is resolved, little else will be accomplished.
The only real solution to the crisis is to reverse the decision that created the crisis–repeal of the 2012 Brownback tax policy. We must then replace it with a tax policy that is fair for all Kansans.