- Wichita native
- South High Graduate
- Friends University, Bachelor of Mass Communications, minor in marketing
- Master of Liberal Studies, emphasis in history
- Teaching degree from Laverne University in California
- Currently in third year to obtain National Board Certification in teaching
- Educator for 20 years
- Current middle school history teacher in Wichita
I am mother to three beautiful children: Madison, Mason, and Jackson. We all reside in Wichita.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
Restoring the 2012 income tax framework is an urgent need. The damage done by the current framework is long-reaching; social services, schools, highways, and the state budget have all felt a negative impact since the tax plan was implemented. Continuing down this path is irresponsible and harms working families. Attempting to fill the gap with the sales tax increase, one of the highest in the nation, has not solved the problem; instead, it directly hurts the neediest people in Kansas. This state MUST balance its budget
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
I will seek to ensure that public education is adequately and equitably funded. As a teacher, I have witnessed the effects of the block grant on the public school system, parents, and students. As a constitutional requirement, Kansas must develop a school funding formula focused on individual children as well as maximize dollars going directly into the classroom. It is every parent’s right to send their children to a public or private school; however, a private education is not funded by the taxpayers nor should the parents receive tax breaks.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Closing the tax loophole, which has allowed 330,000 people to avoid paying for services they use, is my top priority. This tax exemption has resulted in deficit spending, a reduction in our credit rating, and continues to take funds from schools, highways, and pensions.
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