- Industrial Electrician
- Graduate WATC Wichita
- IBEW National training Institute at University of Tennessee
- Senator district 28
- Former IBEW 271 Executive board member
Lifelong resident of Sedgwick County, married 28 years to wife Shelby, two sons ages 12 and 19.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
We need to look at a number of issues including how we develop our revenue estimates that we set the budget on. we cannot continue to work with projections that are so far off. First and foremost we need a tax system that is fair and keeps taxes low. While taxes have gone down for many Kansans, we need to make sure that everyone is taxed fairly. We also need to end the tax on food that causes real pain to struggling families and seniors. On the spending side, we are bringing in more money than ever, but we need to have the fortitude to cut wasteful spending. I look forward to reviewing the findings of the efficiency study commissioned by the Legislature that is now underway to see where we can reduce wasteful spending
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
We need a new formula that makes sure our education dollars are doing what is best for our students and focuses money to the classroom. Though staffing levels are a local control issue, we need to take a serious look at the layers of administration, evaluate their effectiveness and the associated costs. Every dollar spent on administration and bureaucracy is a ,dollar that is not being used to reduce class sizes, provide new instructional materials, and to attract top educators into local classrooms.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Attracting and retaining good paying jobs is the top issue I will be focusing on in the Legislature. I will be looking for ways to reform state laws to help reduce costs for businesses and increase competitiveness. Not only will that help attract new employers, it will also allow existing business to better compete in a global economy that has seen them hampered by job-killing unfair trade deals imposed by Washington.
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