- Currently retired.
- BA from WSU; 20 hours toward a masters degree in public administration-WSU and KU
- Longtime Democratic Precinct Committeewoman.
- Served as aide to Congressman Dan Glickman
- Served as Assistant Director of the Sedgwick County Department on Aging
- Six years on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC)
My husband, Darrel Bishop, is a retired engineer who worked at Boeing and Spirit. Together we have five children, 14 grandchildren, plus 3 great-granddaughters, and a great-grandson due in December.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
On tax policy, my watchword is fairness. The 2012 tax cuts and the 2015 tax increases have created an unfair tax structure. It will be hard to pull ourselves out of the hole that has been dug by the ill-advised tax and budgetary policy followed by the governor and legislature for the past six years. It won’t be done overnight. There may be savings gleaned from some items in the recent efficiency study and should be considered carefully. However, some cuts in government services can stunt economic activity, resulting in the revenue death-spiral we have experienced.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
We need a funding formula that meets the needs of individual students in a variety of settings, rural, suburban, and urban. School systems in Kansas cannot fulfill their mission efficiently without having some certainty for planning purposes. I would favor a return to the more flexible funding formula used prior to the block grants, with changes to reflect current circumstances, such as revenue constraints in the near-term. To the extent possible funding should reflect both inflation and growing student populations.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
My number one priority is to help stop the economic decline and loss of jobs in Kansas brought about by ill-considered economic policy. Fully funding education means JOBS. Expanding Medicaid means JOBS. Instead of using our transportation department to syphon off cash to plug budget holes, allowing KDOT to get back to building roads and bridges, and maintaining them…that means JOBS! All of these government roles provide important services that grease the wheels of our economy. We have neglected them too long.
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