Taxes & Spending
Back in 2017, Kansas had a budget shortfall totaling in the hundreds of millions. The legislature decided that the solution was to raise taxes instead of reducing spending. What resulted was a massive tax increase, all of which has already been funneled into new spending. Democrats and moderate Republicans want to continue their ways of taxing and spending. As your representative, I will not stand by as Kansas government continues to send their bills to the people of Kansas. It is time we evaluate our spending habits and figure out how we can lower the tax burden for all Kansans. Since you elected me to be your representative, I have fought against more spending and more tax increases. I even helped fight to get property tax relief for people feeling the affects of rising home valuations.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
I believe the 2nd Amendment is one of our fundamental rights and was designed to keep our freedom. I have an "A" rating from the NRA based of my questionnaire answers. I will fight for this basic right that is guaranteed by our Constitution. I will also stand up to any attempt at implementing red flag laws as has been mentioned at the Federal level. We must ensure our 2nd Amendment rights "...shall not be infringed".
Right to Life
I believe that life begins at conception and I will always be pro-life. Recently the Kansas Supreme Court found the right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution. As a legislator, I supported the Value Them Both Amendment, which would remove the right to an abortion from the Kansas Constitution and put the decision into the hands of elected officials, not appointed Judges. Unfortunately, this Amendment failed but our fight to protect to the most vulnerable will not stop. I will continue to support Pro Life legislation as we move forward.
It is imperative that we educate our children so they can grow up to be the best and the brightest. Our total education spending in 2020 will rise above 4 billion while our total expenditures are roughly 7.5 billion. This makes education spending more than half of all spending in Kansas. For this amount of money, it is imperative that we ensure the spending is efficient and providing results.
So far, test scores continue to fall and the massive increases in spending have not made it to the classroom, this includes to teachers. I am a firm believer that more money should be spent in the classroom and towards our teachers. I also want vast accountability measures to make sure our dollars are producing results for our kids.
Furthermore, we must ensure that we continue to take care of the facilities and resources we have so we can continue to provide a good environment for learning to our kids.