- Business Owner
- Wichita State University (1979), Elementary Education
- Kansas House of Representatives: 1991-2000
- Kansas Senate: 2001-present
Susan and her husband Tom have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
During the previous fiscal year, state revenue estimates were below expectations ten out of twelve months. Never have these estimates been so unreliable. For years this estimating method has been overseen by the executive branch. However, the legislature needs to become more active in the budget process by establishing a year-long budget committee. The legislature should be equipped with it’s own tools to more accurately predict these numbers. We need to implement efficiencies and cut wasteful government spending. In addition, we must look at our tax code to ensure our tax system is as flat and broad-based as possible. Adjustments need to be considered to keep tax rates low on all taxpayers, both individuals and corporations.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
A new school finance formula must include long term stability and flexibility for school districts, and cannot follow the federal “one size fits all” model. We need to examine all factors affecting school finance to guarantee our Kansas students are receiving the best quality education possible, therefore improving outcomes and job prospects.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
My top priorities for the upcoming legislative session are to balance the budget and grow private-sector jobs statewide. Kansas must generate an environment that is both suitable for and conducive to business growth.
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