4th Congressional District Republican candidates share stance on the economy

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Recent reports show jobs are on the rise in the United States. Will that growth continue?

KSN’s Tiffany Lane spoke with Republican candidates from the 4th Congressional District on the issue. 

Democratic candidates say they don’t believe the numbers will continue to go up when it comes to jobs. But Republican candidate and incumbent Congressman Ron Estes says he disagrees. 

“The mere fact that we’ve released so many of the regulations, whether it’s through presidential executive orders or some of the changes we’ve made through congress, the tax cuts and jobs act, have freed up so much pent up demand, that the economy is starting to boom,” said Rep. Ron Estes. 

When it comes to filling up open jobs, Congressman Estes says he has a solution.

“We’re seeing a shortage of skilled laborers,” said Congressman Estes. “We’re seeing a shortage of plumbers, electricians, airplane mechanics, and all because we’ve been pushing people to a four year bachelor’s degree. So we’re trying to help make sure that the federal government supports those individuals who want to go and get a bachelor’s degree, but also individuals who also want to go get a technical degree, or go get an associate’s degree.”

On a post on his campaign website, Congressman Estes’ Republican challenger, Ron M. Estes points out one area of the economy he wants to see changed. 

It reads, “I am seriously concerned about the plight of farmers in Kansas because of the tariffs. Commodity prices are already low and a loss of exporting sales might force farmers off their farms.”

But Congressman Estes says tariffs are a tool that is necessary right now when it comes to relations with China. 

“The farmers that I talk to. I mean, they recognize that they want free and fair trade. They know they’re going to get a better end ability to sell their product with those open markets. And so, they want to get this resolved as quickly as possible,” said Rep. Estes. “They don’t want tariffs either. But this is the avenue that we have right now to try to bring China to the table to actually resolve this.”

In the next few days, KSN will hear from both Democratic and Republican 4th Congressional District candidates about their thoughts on current national security policy as well as where they think things should be changed.

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