How to grow our economy without raising taxes
The Kansas economy is saddled with a $1.5 billion deficit -- we're spending more than we earn. You've seen your property, sales taxes, and income taxes rise. We must live within our means, and be fiscally responsible. And we need to fund disabled persons and those most in need first.
We rank #47 in economic growth, #46 in people leaving the state, and #44 in K-12 college readiness.*
We need to grow the Kansas economy again. It can be done without raising taxes, without cutting education, and without missing scheduled pension payments. In the process, we’ll direct more school funds to the classroom for teachers and instruction.
We’re facing billions in continued revenue shortfalls if legislators continue a tax-and-spend mentality. And the only solution the liberals have is to raise taxes – again. Enough is enough. You deserve better leadership.
How we can balance the budget without raising taxes.
• Require school districts and universities to use some of their $1 billion-plus excess cash reserves.
• Reduce costs through performance-based budgeting system.
• Selling the right to collect future tobacco settlement funds.
It’s time we made the government answer to the people for its performance. I will not let your legislature abdicate its responsibility to taxpayers, vulnerable citizens, families and businesses. I will lead with courage and transparency, as I always have.
* U.S. News & World Report, 2018 State Rankings Report
** Kansas Legislative Research Department
Addressing three big problems with school funding: