Bill Meyer – Democrat for Kansas House, District 4

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Responses are from the candidates and have not been edited.

Biographical Information:

Retired after 30 year career in hospital administration. Masters’ degree in Health Care Administration, George Washington University. Current Trustee of Fort Scott Community College. Member of numerous community organizations.

Personal Information:

Married 50 years to Elizabeth who died suddenly last November. At the time of her death, Liz was President of Kansas P.EO. Three daughters, seven grandchildren.

Campaign website/Facebook/Social Media:

BillMeyerForKansas.com

Do you think KanCare should be expanded? Why or why not?

Yes. Would bring $700 million annually into the Kansas healthcare economy and provide healthcare coverage to an additional 150,000 low income Kansans.

What is your stance on the legalization of medical marijuana?

In favor.

Do you support any changes to abortion laws in Kansas? If so, what changes?

No changes.

What are the issues you would address for farmers and ranchers?

Broadband internet needs to be extended into rural Kansas to enable farmers and ranchers immediate access to market data.

What are the key education issues in Kansas for K-12? For universities?

Maintain current funding levels; no transfer of K-12 school funding to private schools; absolute need for broadband internet to provide opportunities for virtual/remote learning.

Are you satisfied with DCF? With the foster care system?

No. Underfunded; under-staffed; disorganized; antiquated technology to track and respond to clients/families.

What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?

I support Black Lives Matter because it is focusing the nation’s attention on the latent inequities that continue to fester below the surface of our society.

What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?

Reform criminal laws which are much harder on offenses related to drugs than on white collar crime; Provide more alternatives to jail time for first-time non-violent offenders; stop privatization of public services/functions.

Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?

Each community needs to examine this issue… there is not one solution fits all scenario.

Did you or do you support business shutdowns to control the spread of the coronavirus?

Last strategy but, if necessary due to hotspot clusters, yes.

Would you support another statewide shutdown if coronavirus cases continued to rise? If so, what are the factors that would lead you to that decision?

Follow the science! May need to be focused on hotspots rather than the state as a whole.

What do you think should be done to help the Kansas economy recover?

First and foremost, expansion of broadband internet into rural communities. No internet, no business!

Would you cut money for social services if it means lower taxes? Would you favor higher taxes for more social services?

No cuts in social services which, today, are substandard. In the current environment, I would not raise taxes.

What should Kansas do to balance its budget? Will you support budget cuts for schools?

No cuts to school budgets. If you think education is expensive, just wait until you see what ignorance costs. Increase taxes on the highest 2% of Kansas itemized tax return earners.

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