James Pruden (L-Kansas House District 86)


  • Retired Master Electrician, worked in Washington D.C.and vicinity
  • 1976-1982 USN
  • Retired on disability 2004


Married, two grown children
Son active duty USA
Daughter OTR trucker

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

Repeal the 2012 income tax cuts.
Until we can stop the bleeding,everything else will be pointless.
If I ran my contracting company like the folks up in Topeka run this state, I’d be in jail for fraud.
Raiding the highway trust fund payments to fund a tax cut;would be called fraud in the real world. It would be like collecting a maintenance fee from a condo association, and not keeping the outside lights working.

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

Too much money has been siphoned off by local school boards.
USD 259 has 8000 employees, with only 4000 teachers, many of those are not in front of a class. When Sedgwick county has multiply school systems, each with a superintendent and associated assistants. The whole system has become so bloated with middle management, starting salaries for new teachers barely exceed the poverty level.
Meanwhile too many young citizens are being cheated by a system that doesn’t adequately prepare them for life, though the lobbyists are doing very well.

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

An honest and open accounting of the state budget.
So much information is being hidden from the citizens it is impossible to get a clear picture of budget realities. The credit rating agencies seem to know more then John Q. Public.
While politicians like obscuring the truth; the people have a right to know what is being done in their name, with their money.

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