- Currently retired
- Work Experience:
- Retired University Professor at WSU, Newman and Friends Universities
- Former State Director of the Kansas Small Business Development Centers
- Founder and owner of Osborne Consulting
- Community Outreach Liaison at Catholic Charities Wichita
- Former Political and Community Activities:
- 10-year member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
- Member of the Wichita Park Foundation and Wichita Board of Zoning Appeals
- Democratic Precinct Committee Woman
- Founding member and former president of the Wichita American Marketing Association
- KPTS Programming Committee
- President of Riverside Citizens’ Association
- President of North High Parents’ Association
- Marketing Committee chair of Ninnescah Sailing Association
- Current Community Activities:
- Member of Wichita Historical Museum Society and museum volunteer
- Active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Stewardship Committee member, Newsletter Committee Member, Prayer Line member, and Social Media Committee chair)
- Lord’s Diner Volunteer
- M.S. in Business Administration
- BBA in Business Administration
I am a lifelong Wichitan and have lived in the 94th House District for 20 years. I am married to Guy McCormick, and I have one married daughter and two grandchildren who live in the Wichita community.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
We must balance the budget. First step: Repeal the tax exemption and close the tax loopholes for businesses that caused the budget crisis. Second step: Design and implement strategy for growing the economy by 1) attracting businesses and growing jobs in Kansas that include developing partnerships with universities, financial institutions, the SBA and the Small Business Development Centers, and 2) expanding Medicaid/KanCare which will add 4,000 jobs in the state and keep 31 Kansas hospitals from closing. Third step: Review and implement strategies for reducing state expenditures.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I would repeal the Brownback-designed Block Funding for Kansas public schools and replace it with the former school funding formula active in 2012 with input from teachers, district superintendents, school boards, parents, and the Kansas Board of Education. I have been endorsed by all Kansas educator organizations and the Kansas Families for Education. Actual school funding has been reduced in recent years. To hide this fact, Brownback and his legislators have moved public education employees’ retirement fund (KPERS) directly through school districts’ accounts rather than directly through teachers’ organizations causing the appearance of increased funding. (Of course, the school districts then have to return the KPERS’ funds back to the state the next day.) Therefore, I do support additional funding increases for Kansas’ public schools. Teachers’ salaries have not been increased in 8 years; their health insurance has doubled; they are teaching more students per classroom and have additional assignments. Students are paying the price for these policies. Enough!
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
My top priority is to repeal Brownback’s failed tax experiment and close the business tax loopholes while reprioritizing growing the economy and jobs, and reprioritizing public education and addressing individual student needs. These actions must be immediate. Our beloved state is nearly bankrupt, and we must quickly put in place new methods of growing our revenues without increasing taxes on middle-class families.
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