Thank you for electing me to be your Representative. My Campaign priorities were fiscal responsibility, school funding, infrastructure improvements, and quality healthcare for all Kansans. Here are some of the things I helped accomplish:
Kansas ended 2019 with a budget surplus.
The courts ruled school funding was adequate and equitable.
We passed the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Plan, a $10 Bln, 10 year plan to improve Kansas’s infrastructure.
We passed the Farm Bureau Healthcare Plan which will help 25,000 Kansans.
Received a commitment from K-State to keep the Pair Research Facility open.
Helped dozens of constituents with problems ranging from oil well leaks to help with unemployment insurance, PUA, and PPP benefits.
The 2020 Legislative session was cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving much unfinished business and a projected budget shortfall of $1.3 bln. Here is what the 2021 Legislative session needs to do:
Fiscal Responsibility. We must make smart budget cuts which will maintain essential services yet continue programs necessary for Kansas to prosper.
Schools. Tobacco Settlement Funds need to be shifted to allow more funding for early childhood education. The school funding formula should be changed to provide more state aid for new buildings without property tax increases. School bus stop sign laws need to be improved and enforced.
Incarceration. It cost $35,000 a year to keep someone in prison. That money could much better be spent on job training and rehabilitation. The Smart Justice Initiative, which is sponsored by such diverse groups as the ACLU and Americans for Prosperity, will greatly cut the incarceration rate and save the state millions of dollars.
Insurance. The Insurance Committee I am on is working on bills to limit co-pays for insulin and other life-saving drugs. Regulations and disclosure on pharmaceutical middleman can save up to 50% on some prescriptions. Road blocks need to be removed so that people can more easily access mental health care through their health insurance.
Medicaid Expansion. Expanding Medicaid would insure 150,000 working Kansans and bring $800 million of our tax dollars back to Kansas each year. For it to pass, it must have amendments to trigger cancellation of the program if the federal match falls below 90% or if any of the money were to be use to fund abortions.
Do your part. Please Vote. You may register and request mail-in ballots at the website KSVotes.org