- Small business owner (Longbine Autoplaza in Emporia)
- Attended Emporia Public Schools, studied business administration at KU and Emporia State University
- Kansas Senate – 2010 to present
- Mayor – 2009
- City Commissioner – 2007-2010
My wife Gwen and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. We have three children – our son Greg passed away in 2005, our daughter Lauren is a graduate of KU and our daughter Lexie is a senior at Emporia High School.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
First, we need to close the loopholes in the Governor’s tax plan, which have allowed certain corporations to avoid income taxes while other businesses and our families pay more. I was among the handful in the Senate who voted against the Governor’s sales tax increase, but we need more legislators in Topeka who are willing to stand up for what’s right even when it’s not politically popular. Second, we need real revenue reform. That means a top-to-bottom review of the state’s spending, the development of a fair tax system, a rollback of the tax increases passed by the Governor’s allies, and the creation of a Rainy Day Fund to protect our schools and essential services in the wake of an economic emergency.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
Yes, I support additional funding for our local schools combined with cost-efficiencies that ensure our local teachers and school boards have the flexibility to direct those dollars where they will best serve our students. The Legislature needs to replace the block grant system with a fair and balanced funding formula. I helped pass the school finance fix in June, which resolved the differences between the two parties of the lawsuit and put an end to the equity portion of the school finance case. The next step is to address the adequacy portion of the lawsuit. One of my top priorities, if elected, is to help develop a Constitutional plan that allows every Kansas kid the chance to have a good education – just as our parents and grandparents worked so hard to provide an education for us.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
Balancing the state budget is my top priority by utilizing the real revenue reform approach that I mentioned above. A stable and responsible budget is really at the heart of all else. With that, we can strengthen the financial stability of our families through fairer taxes, our state can adequately fund our schools and essential services like we should be, and we can provide the cost predictability that business owners need in order to plan for the future and grow jobs.WEBSITE | Jeff Longbine