- Current Occupation: Stay-at-Home Dad
- Education: College graduate from Emporia State University
- Degrees: BS in Business
- Previous political positions: None
- Military service: None
I have been married to my wife Petra for six years. I am the father of four, 3 daughters and a child who died young. Our family attends St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
We have to look at everything with a critical eye. Legislators must work alongside those with differing opinions to find the best solution. Incumbents can’t continue to pass the responsibility on to the governor. It’s the job of the legislature to balance the budget. First, revise the income tax matrix specifically freezing tax rates at their current levels and implementing a third tier income tax bracket for individuals making over $250,000. Next, define what qualifies as a small business and close the LLC tax loophole for those businesses that do not meet the definition. I recognize that these are long-term solutions for the Kansas budget. Funding is needed for worthy projects such as Kansas road maintenance and public school funding right now. In the short-term, inject money quickly into the Kansas budget through the expansion of KanCare. Projections show the expansion can be implemented in a budget neutral, if not budget positive, way. There are serious challenges facing the 2017 legislature, and I am open to hearing budget plans from anyone with a good idea whether they are from my own party or from across the aisle. We can’t continue to sweep funds from vital state programs or by cutting higher education budgets.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I support additional funding for Kansas public schools. Rewriting the school funding formula will require a collaborative effort from all public school stakeholders: school board members – both state and local, teachers, parents, school staff, district administrators, the Department of Education, and the Kansas legislature. Hasty decisions will create a negative impact if we rush into creating a formula. In the short-term, return to the old funding formula – a formula that has proven to be constitutional – while collaboration continues on a permanent solution.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
I want to change the status quo. For four years, I’ve watched the incumbent of this district play party politics when it comes to the best interests of northwest Wichita residents. I’m tired of reading headlines that announce lobbyists and special interest groups including ALEC have spent the most on him. From day one, my campaign was about doing what is best for our neighbors instead of playing party politics. My main priority is to stay true to that. By doing so, we will get a balanced budget, fund public education, and have an open debate over the expansion of KanCare. The people of northwest Wichita are educated hard-working people who will not get caught in the rhetoric of a career politician.
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