William L. “Bill” Ballard (D-Kansas House District 60)


  • Retired from Newman Regional Health in Emporia – 39 years in fiscal services and accounting
  • BSB in accounting from Emporia State University
  • Previously ran for state legislature in 2012


Born and raised in Hillsboro, KS, oldest of five children. Graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1968. I have five nephews and two nieces – four grand nephews & nieces. Member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. Vice-President of the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies. Chair of the Emporia Walk for Hunger.

What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?

Repeal the tax cuts of 2012 & 2013, including the LLC loophole, and restore a balanced source of revenue for the state of income taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes. Restore state income tax rates to their pre-2012 levels. Establish a protocol for restoring funding for essential services. Once revenues have been restored and reserve funds have been replenished, reduce or eliminate the sales tax on food items.

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

I favor restoring the 1992 formula, and modifying it to meet current needs. According to the KNEA, it has treated school districts fairly and evenly and provided proper funding to each district to achieve an excellent education for all students.

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

The first priority of the 2017 Legislature has to be addressing the revenue shortfalls that have nearly bankrupt the state. We will not be able to address the other issues facing Kansas until we restore proper levels of revenue to provide the services that Kansans expect from their government.

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