- Retired after 21 years with Wichita Public Schools (Community Organizer, Parent Educator, Speech Assistant, Special Education Para-Educator)
- B.S. in Management from Friends University
- B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wichita State University
- 30 graduate hours in Speech-Language Pathology from Wichita State
I am married to Ned Lakin. Ned works for Starkey, Inc., We share seven grown children and twelve grandchildren.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
Grow the economy. Create jobs. Attract new business. How? Close the unfair tax loophole and put 330,000 Kansans back on the tax roles. Invest in public education to produce a competent, competitive, and entrepreneurial workforce. Expand Medicaid to put federal tax dollars to work for Kansans, stabilize the Kansas healthcare system, insure 150,000 Kansans, and bring thousands of jobs in healthcare and related fields to our state.
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 must be child-centered with a view to individual student needs. I support local control, increased teacher pay, and dollars directed to the classroom.
Additional funding is needed to keep up with the inflation rate, account for increased enrollment, and provide a much needed and long overdue raise for teachers.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Kansas needs to change direction with new ideas. The financial crisis must be dealt with before the state can move forward. Step one has to be to close the unfair tax loophole and grow the economy as outlined above. Grow, create, attract, repeal, invest, expand – these are the ingredients for making a new and healthy budget pie. It is the responsibility and calling of the Kansas legislature to slice the pie with fairness, prudence, and compassion for the needs of all Kansans.
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