Blake Carpenter (R-Kansas House District 81)

Bio:

  • Contract Electrical Engineer, Rockwell Collins
  • Bachelors Degree in Entrepreneurship from Wichita State University
  • Severed One Term in the Kansas House of Representatives for District 81

Personal:

Married to Cziara (m. 2013)

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

There was an efficiency study that found $2 billion over the next five years. The study has 105 efficiencies the state could implement to help stabilize the budget. My goal is to try and implement as many of these efficiencies as possible during the next legislative session. I think that the state should be resourceful and accountable with the taxpayer money we currently have before we try and get more from the people.

What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?

All of our children deserve a quality education. Kansas invests half of the state general fund each year in our schools so they can have the ability to provide a quality education to Kansas students. At the same time, it is irresponsible to merely focus on funding levels without any discussion of how funds are spent or student outcomes are achieved. My goal in Topeka will be to ensure more of those education dollars are spent in the classroom – reducing waste and improving results for our children. We must re-establish the control of our education system at the local level – with parents, teachers, and administrators working together to provide the best solutions for our communities. Kansas is too diverse to implement a one-size-fits-all approach and the solution should be to put the control back into the hands of parents and local school boards.

What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?

The budget and the fiscal issues facing Kansas are important, but not all of the 125 representatives can serve on budget committees. I will be focusing on policy items like the 2nd and 10th Amendment rights of Kansans. I will also be looking into changing our civil asset forfeiture laws to make sure they are fair and balanced for every citizen and for the police.

WEBSITE Carpenter for Kansas

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