- Live south of Coldwater on the family farm I help manage with my dad
- Coldwater High School, 1990
- Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Technology and Management from Kansas State University, 1994
- Farm Bureau, Lion’s Club, Local & Area Conservation Districts, Chief Community Theater, and the Pratt Community College Foundation board
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes, sponsors in Coldwater/South Central Schools for over 10 years
- Started two small businesses, Red Hills Internet and Central Fuel and Service, Inc.
- Kansas House of Representatives, elected 2010, served as Majority Caucus Chairman, Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
My Wife Kristi of 21 years and two daughters.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
Kansas is not the only state suffering from unmet revenue projections. A recent study by the Rockefeller Institute shows that 36 states including Kansas have revenue coming in lower than anticipated. This is the symptom of multiple issues, including low sales tax collections nationwide, low oil and gas prices, and in states such as Kansas, low commodity prices. It’s a challenge that we have to solve by using the best practices in policy-making and government accountability and efficiency. I do believe the process we use to estimate revenue needs to be changed and updated for today’s economy. Businesses are constantly changing their methods of revenue and cost estimating to keep up with an ever-changing economy, why should the state be any different. Beyond this change, I’m excited that last year we put in place starting in 2017, that all agencies must use performance based budgeting and justify spending at all levels when putting to gether their budgets
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I would like to see a system of school finance that is centered around students, not buildings or administrators. Schools should serve students by being efficient and creative, cutting unneeded administrative expenses and getting more dollars into the classroom. The old formula did not fulfill that requirement. Although it will never be the same experience, as much as possible, the kids from Coldwater to Wellington deserve the same opportunities as large urban schools and the new formula should reflect that principal. Kansas has among the top education systems in the country, but there’s always room for improvement and I look forward to working on a formula that will move us forward.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
During the next session, the legislature will construct a new school finance formula, and my top priority is to ensure that the students in our area have the resources and the opportunities they deserve through that formula. Further, as I have voted to do several times, our state tax code should be fairer for everyone by closing the LLC loophole and if possible using that additional revenue to reduce taxes in another area, such as sales tax on groceries. Finally, Kansas Agriculture is hurting; I will continue to fight to help the agriculture economy by lessening the interference of the government. Those issues and many others are important to the people of the 116th district, and will guide me in the next session.
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