Tim Hodge (D-Kansas House District 72)

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Bio:

  • Attorney, partner in the firm of Adrian and Pankratz
  • BA from Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS
  • JD from Washburn University, Topeka, KS
  • Newton Board of Education since 2011

Personal:

Married to wife, Mary Ellen for 16 years, 3 children, Jonah, Simon and Adah

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

The Kansas budget is the number one problem facing the state. Gov. Brownback and Rep. Rhoades boasted that their 2012 tax and economic plan would bring increasing tax revenues and prosperity to the state. Instead the opposite happened. Kansas is broke, we raid KDOT almost monthly just to pay the bills and we are stuck in a persistent recession and mounting joblessness. The 2012 tax experiment must be repealed and the sales taxes that have hit the lowest income Kansans the hardest should be repealed.

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

Kansas had a school finance formula that worked and was constitutional. Instead of finding a way to work within a system that was effective, Gov. Brownback and Rep. Rhoades destroyed it, and replaced it with an unconstitutional measure that threatened to shutter Kansas schools. We must replace the old formula with one that provides a quality education to all Kansas children and is equitably funded through a fair tax system; one where all Kansans pay income taxes, not just wage earners and retirees. Kansas business owners must be brought back into the income tax system and must pay their fair share.

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

My first and greatest priority is to get the Kansas economy moving again. We must repair the broken tax system and the instill certainty back to our government so businesses have faith in our state once again. We must rescind the broken policies and promises of Governor Brownback and Rep. Rhoades and work to repair the damage that our state has endured over the past 6 years.

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