- Fourth-generation family farmer in Woodson County
- Graduated from Emporia State University with a B.S. in Business Administration
- Post-grad course work in Political Science and Environmental Sustainablity
- Volunteered in numerous campaigns, both candidate and ballot initiatives
- Farm Bureau member
- Advocate for environmental improvement
I’m married to my wife Mary Jane, who is an RN. We have a tri-colored Terrier named Dory! Mary Jane and I farm with my father Lauren.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
We will need to restore tax fairness in Kansas. That will mean ending the Brownback/Republican Tax Plan, and returning to an equitable income tax formula. We also need to phase-out the LLC exemption and bring back over 300,000 Kansans to the tax rolls. Once we improve the revenue situation, that will begin to stabilize the budget and that will allow us to take care of the schools, road fund, and KPERS. Based on our operating deficit, it will take several years before we are back on firm financial ground in Kansas.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I think we need to scrap the “block” funding formula, and return to a “per pupil” system of financing our public schools. It has to be an equitable plan, one which provides comparable funding and quality of education for our students.
It will require additional funding, most of which will come from revising our income tax program. By phasing-out the Brownback formula we will improve the revenue picture, and return stability to our public schools.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Eliminating the Brownback/Republican Tax Program. It would be done by forming new coalitions in Topeka, combining Democrats, as well as like-minded Republicans who are concerned with our states’ future. These new coalitions will help form a tax plan which is both equitable, and fair. It is likely to be based on phasing-out the LLC exemption, and returning over 300,000 Kansans to the income tax rolls. Bi-partisan government has been good for Kansas in the past, and it will be the key in helping us solve the budget mess in Topeka.
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