I am honored to represent the people of Kansas House District 91
in the Kansas State Legislature
Kansas must become a low tax state with a stable regulatory process, continue to develop a comprehensive composite training program, and create a competitive environment to manage health care costs, all to help attract new business and new jobs to our state.
A Bio-Science corridor combining aviation composite technology with advanced medical research will create a new frontier for product development and jobs in Wichita. New Jobs...No New Taxes
We must solve our own energy needs and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
We should focus on:
Security Our energy must be secure from outside threats and ensure an adequate supply;
Diversity Fossil fuels, nuclear, clean coal, hydrogen, wind, solar, biomass, fuel cell, and other options should all play a part in our state's energy portfolio while aggressively promoting conservation:
Efficiency Energy policy should be free-market driven without limiting energy choices, and ensure that the regulatory process is fair and predictable.
Health care policy should encourage personal responsibility and consumer policy choices, provide actual cost transparency and focus on well care instead of emergency care. It should be market driven. Government controlled health care will ultimately increase costs and decrease services.
We can provide incentives for charity care and safety net clinics, use pre-tax dollars to pay for health care, allow expanded markets to create price competition, utilize tax credits for people in-between jobs, and ensure that policies are portable.
Legal immigration is desired, but we should eliminate the incentives for individuals to come here illegally, from both the private sector (jobs) and the public sector (government benefits), while enacting tough penalties for those who would violate our laws. It harms our society when those who willingly break our laws are allowed to benefit.
The Legislature must close any loop-holes in the law that will allow a drunk driver the privilege of having a license, and we must continue the aggressive prosecution of sexual predators.
Taxes and the Budget
Kansas doesn't have a revenue problem - it has a spending problem. The Kansas REAL Act is being introduced, which limits spending to the rate of inflation, and requires a 2/3 majority to raise taxes. Additionally, we must aggressively pay off bonding debt.
Last year, the Legislature passed a budget that, for the first time since 1972, decreased all-funds state spending by nearly a billion dollars and turned a $500 million deficit into a $100 million surplus without raising taxes. For too long, Kansas government lived beyond its means and we've worked diligently over the past two sessions to begin turning the tide.
Protection of Life
We must protect the life of the unborn until their natural death.
A strong educational system, K-12 through higher Ed is a must. We must make parents a powerful voice in their children's education. An adequate amount of money must reach the classroom to ensure children are receiving the best possible instruction and resources.
Paid for by Suellentrop for House of Representatives, Brian Wilkinson, Treasurer.