State and local tax revenue, including sales tax and property tax, will face large challenges now and in the years to come. The state is staring down a budget shortfall in the next two years of over $1.3 billion, and it will take hard work and fiscal responsibility to manage this crisis.
I will work nonstop to restart and rebuild our economy in the 72nd District and in our state.
These are my top economic priorities:
- Kansas farmers and ranchers are critical for the food supply of our nation. We need to make sure they have the financial resources to come out of this crisis. Farmers and ranchers, as well as the oil and gas industries, are facing devastating challenges.
- We need to make health care a top priority to keep Kansas citizens safe by making sure our health care providers are prepared and fully equipped. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it's imperative that the Kansas legislature works to expand Telehealth and Telemedicine options across the state.
- We need to implement a Medical Expense Tax Credit for out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with treatment of COVID-19 illness.
- The pandemic has exposed how dated the government's IT system is, which has caused delays in Kansans receiving unemployment benefits. We need to make sure our state government is more efficient.
- Topeka needs to work side-by-side with communities in the 72nd District: Newton, North Newton, Whitewater; and Harvey and Butler counties. Our leaders will always be able to communicate with me. We need to work as a cohesive unit to utilize federal relief resources during this recovery.
- Provide scholarships for high-demand jobs: We need to enact the Kansas Promise Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors in the state who enroll in Kansas colleges and technical schools for in-demand occupations.
- Create incentives for community colleges to develop short term certificate programs to retain displaced employees.