Lynn Rogers (D-Kansas Senate District 25)

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Bio:

  • Retired banking – 35 years
  • B.A. In Business Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Beginning 16th year serving on USD 259 School Board, representing District 6 (Several years as President or Vice President)

Personal:

Married for 32 years to Kris, three grown children, two children-in-law, one granddaughter

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

Fiscal mismanagement and failed economic policies caused expanded borrowing & repeated raids on funds, the largest tax increase in state history and multiple credit downgrades. We must create a fair tax policy to close loopholes and not disproportionately burden the middle class or the poor. Accept Federal funding & use it for its intended purpose, not divert it to other uses. KanCare expansion takes advantage of unclaimed tax money. KPERS must be funded to provide for state retirees.

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

The legislature must follow the Constitution as consistently interpreted by our court system and suitably fund all public education, Pre-K through college. There is no doubt that additional funding is needed or that the Courts will direct the Legislature to appropriate more funding. Schools face ever-increasing operating costs for technology, goods and services. Current funding levels have directly caused inadequate salaries and benefits, and an ever-increasing workload, which are not suitable working conditions for our staff. On top of all of that, the Governor has chosen to raid teacher retirement savings.

The legislature must follow the Constitution as consistently interpreted by our court system and suitably fund all public education, Pre-K through college. There is no doubt that additional funding is needed or that the Courts will direct the Legislature to appropriate more funding. Schools face ever-increasing operating costs for technology, goods and services. Current funding levels have directly caused inadequate salaries and benefits, and an ever-increasing workload, which are not suitable working conditions for our staff. On top of all of that, the Governor has chosen to raid teacher retirement savings.
The previous funding formula (prior to the short-sighted and harmful block grant system) is a good, constitutionally approved method from which to begin.

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

We must pass a fully funded, balanced budget to meet the long-term demands of our state, and prioritize K-12 education, public safety, and the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. The tax structure should require that everyone pay their fair share.

WEBSITE Lynn Rogers for Kansas

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