Issues

Fiscal Responsibility
Fiscal responsibility must return to the Statehouse.  From 2004 to 2008, state spending increased by 41% (almost a $2
BILLION increase).  Making matters worse, spending increased more than 4X the rate of inflation over the same time period.  As evidenced by the recent $300 million budget deficit, this is unsustainable.  Excessive spending must stop. As your Representative, I pledge to protect taxpayers and place your interests above politics and special interest groups.

Limited Government
Because of their escape from a controlling and tyrannical government, the Founding Fathers created a Constitution focused on ensuring a limited government. As everyday Americans, we constantly see our representatives implement programs that place more power in the hands of the government. Programs that increase government at a cost much greater than its benefit should not be in place.

I will fight to slow the growth of government and return the power to the individual.

Education
As a product of a small-town, public school education, I certainly recognize its value.  I believe that in rural communities, the school is oftentimes what holds the community together.  I am committed to finding solutions that will ensure our schools continue to create quality, well-rounded citizens.  A strong, growing and educated workforce is crucial to the future growth of our state.

Lowering The Tax Burden
In reference to corporate income tax scores, Kansas currently ranks 40th among the 50 states according to the Tax Foundation.  This score is a measure of the competitiveness of the state tax code in attracting new business and keeping existing firms.

Kansas collects more individual income taxes per capita than each of the surrounding states including Iowa and ranks 15th highest in the country.

We NEED businesses to invest in our state in order to create more jobs for Kansans. However, when  deciding where to locate their firms, corporations consider all of these statistics.  Because of our extremely high tax rates, they choose the more business-friendly states across the country which, in turn, results in more Kansans searching elsewhere to find work. This is unacceptable and is evident by the recent U.S. Census data which shows a strong trend of population growth in low-tax states and population decline in high tax states. I will adamantly work to decrease the burden placed upon businesses and individual taxpayers.

Health Care
I will fight to limit the effect Obamacare will have on Kansans.  In order to accomplish this, we must push our future Governor and Attorney General toward taking a public stance against the President’s detrimental legislation. This past spring, The Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment, brought before the State House and Senate, was defeated.  A bill that seeks to provide Kansas residents with the ability to choose their own health care despite federal mandates should not be defeated by those who are to be representative of Kansans.  I would support this type of legislation in order to give individuals their inalienable freedom to choose.


Agriculture
Southwest Kansas farmers and ranchers help feed the world.  They are crucial to the economic well-being of our region by providing thousands of jobs.  Growing up in a family with a long history in agriculture, I understand the importance of supporting our farmers and ranchers. I will fight to ensure that future generations will continue to have the opportunity to return home to the family farm.


Pro-Life
As stated in our Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The right to
life is one of the foundational values of our country.  I will work hard to protect the rights of the unborn child.

Start Paying Off Our Debt
Kansas’ total bond indebtedness is $5.4 billion.  From 2007-2009, if we had saved carryover cash balances from the state’s general fund, we would have paid off over $1.5 billion in debt and kept ourselves out of the deficit we were in this past session.  Individually, you know that it is not responsible to spend every penny you bring in.  We must look towards our future and save.  Why is our government not held to the same standard? 

2ND Amendment Rights
I believe the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms.  I strongly support gun rights and vehemently oppose legislation that would limit or stifle an individual’s ability to bear arms. 

 

Love for Kansas

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