- Realtor for over 16 years
- State Representative for District #88
- Wichita State University
- Tabor College
- Former State Representative for District #87 for the 2011-2012 legislative sessions
My wife and I have 3 wonderful children, 2 dogs and 2 frogs.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
During the 2016 session, the legislature received the results of an independent efficiency study, which found over $2 billion worth of inefficiencies and spending reforms that can be addressed. The legislature needs to start with some of the very reasonable proposals that were presented to us within that study when dealing with the budget this coming session. We must make sure that we do not add additional tax burden on Kansans who are already overburdened with taxes when we have over $2 billion in inefficiencies. The study only identified the tip of the iceberg. It is my job as a legislator to be a good steward of our hard earned money.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I firmly believe that simply providing more money to our schools does not actually fix systemic problems within them. I will support a school funding formula that actually works and doesn’t treat our children like dollar signs, one that supports our hard working teachers and gives them the resources that they legitimately need in the classroom. Currently, the focus in the funding conversation has been all about the system; what has been lost in the conversation is our students. We must make it about the students and not the system. Any funding formula that I support will have to have the primary focus on students. I will also continue to support measures that will allow students to attend the schools that best meet their educational needs. I support education savings accounts within the funding formula to accomplish that goal.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
I have several priorities. We must continue to foster an environment for our businesses to grow and create jobs that pay well, which is something our communities always need. Another priority is to start the implementation of the efficiency study reforms to balance the state budget. Passing a school funding formula that is focused on our students is also a priority.
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