- Small business owner
- University of Kansas
- Political Science
- Chairman, KS Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards & Training
- Kansas House of Representatives, district 93
- City of Wichita District 4 Advisory Board
John and his wife Marlena have lived in Sedgwick County for over 30 years and John is proud of his family’s Kansas roots which date back to the late 1800’s.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
Kansas needs innovative budgeting strategies to address today’s economic challenges, without resorting to economically damaging tax increases. Priority-based budgeting has to be the model for our state’s long-term financial stability. Topeka should maintain a citizen-focused perspective and we must continue to find more efficient and effective ways to deliver state services so folks are able to keep more of their own hard-earned money.
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 and Kansas invests half of our state general fund each year in our schools to make this possible. At the same time, it is irresponsible to merely focus on funding levels without any discussion of how funds are spent or student outcomes achieved.
We must ensure that more of those education dollars are spent in the classroom – reducing waste and improving results for our children. As a parent whose daughter attended Wichita public schools, John knows that parents must re-establish the control of our education system at the local level – with all parties working together to provide the best solutions for our communities.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
I’d like to find a way to eliminate the sales tax on food and I believe strongly that we can do that through priority-based budgeting more efficiently and effectively spending our current resources.
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