ISSUES THAT MATTER

Current Issues Facing the Kansas Legislature

LOCAL ISSUES
PreK–12 Education

It's not over. While the Kansas Supreme Court found that the legislature finally proposed constitutionally adequate funding for our public schools in the long-running Gannon v. State of Kansas litigation, the case continues with the Court overseeing implementation of the funding. Therefore, we must be vigilant in protecting our schools and educational funding. It faces threats now and into the foreseeable future. We need a representative who understands that our world-class schools are the bedrock of our community. We need someone who realizes that our our schools supply the life blood to our economy, providing an educated work force and an attractive place to raise a family. We need a representative who understands our Blue Valley and Olathe schools ––someone who has been a parent in our schools, a volunteer in our schools, and a leader in our schools. We need unwavering support for our students, our teachers, and our valued programs. Having nine kids in our public schools and having been a decades-long supporter, I will remain a steadfast advocate of quality education for our students. 

Attracting New Business &
Responsible Development

Johnson County is a revenue powerhouse driving the state's economy. Our representatives should be looking out for local interests to maintain our jobs, promote job development, and protect our quality neighborhoods. Smart, reasonable, and responsible development is key to moving us forward. I am committed to working with community leaders, neighbors, and the state to find the right balance that is best for Johnson County. 

Transportation

As any long-term resident of Overland Park can attest, 69 Highway is in dire need of expansion. In fact, it is the most congested four-lane road in all of Kansas –– and nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Now that the state has approved tax incentives for an arena in BluHawk, the traffic congestion will only get worse. Unfortunately, the irresponsible policies of the past lead to a $2 billion raid on our transportation funds, leaving us and our kids with a large debt that must be repaid. But we must find a way. I will make 69 Highway expansion a top priority. 

Local Control

We and our Johnson County neighbors do not need or want extremist politicians meddling in our affairs. We don't need Topeka or the rest of the state dictating how we spend our money or what is best. And we certainly don't want our representatives being swayed by propaganda put out by outside groups who do not represent the mainstream views of our district. We deserve better. I will work to ensure local decisions stay local, more of our tax dollars stay here, and our local leaders have a true advocate in Topeka.  

Higher Education

The skyrocketing cost of college is simply unacceptable. We must work together to find reasonable and responsible solutions. Quality, affordable education must be accessible for those willing to put forth reasonable effort. 

STATE-WIDE ISSUES
Fiscal Responsibility

Limited government is a solid principle. Our government should only be as big as it needs to be. But we saw how the irresponsible tax "experiment" of the Brownback era devastated our economy and brought us to the brink of disaster. We cannot return to those reckless times. Instead, we must elect leaders who will move us forward. It's time for responsible tax policy, budgeting for our priorities, minimizing taxes, and securing our future.

Working Together

I am committed to finding common ground with other legislators and the governor to achieve results that make sense and move our community forward. That is what our Founders intended. By not falling prey to radical idealogical swings, we can build a solid foundation for a sustainable future with policies that will stand the test of time.  

Sustainable Future

We are called upon to practice good stewardship. As good stewards, we must address the changes our planet is experiencing to ensure a sustainable future. It does not mean that our economy must suffer or we as taxpayers must be unduly burdened. Rather, it is an opportunity of unparalleled significance. The economic, entrepreneurial, technological, and intellectual impact can be a positive game-changer for Kansas. With compassionate creativity, bold action can be taken that leaves no one behind. 

Medicaid Expansion & Healthcare

Our leaders in the Kansas legislature are finally talking about Medicaid Expansion. It's the right thing to do. It should be simple, clean, and concise. And we must find ways to reduce the overall cost of healthcare and prescription drug prices for everyone without heavy tax burdens. 

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