Website: Smith for Kansas
- B.S. from Kansas State University,
- 8 years County Commissioner (Wallace County)
- 2 years State Representative 120th District
Married to wife Christine, and has three children — Austin, Kaitlyn and Allison
Position on the Kansas Budget:
The State General Fund budget needs to be performance-based. So many programs have been adopted and never thoroughly reviewed on their effectiveness and success. If these programs are not performing, they need to be trimmed or eliminated completely. This could save the state millions of dollars.
Position on School Funding:
I serve on the K12 Budget committee which has put a tremendous amount of work into crafting the new formula for equitably distributing funds to each unique school district. We need to be diligent about protecting what works and what has been ruled constitutional, and make sure schools receive the funding they have been promised.
Position on Economy & Taxes:
After partially repealing the 2012 tax cut experiment, state revenues are finally stable and predictable once again – no more shortfalls each month that lead to mid-year budget cuts. The legislature needs to allocate excess revenue above estimates toward programs that have been historically robbed – KDOT, KPERS, PMIB, and more.
Position on Health Care:
Health care is a critical component to rural areas like northwest Kansas. We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help small hospitals – from telemedicine options to recruitment. Also, we should make sure that necessary regulations are in place, but that compliance is reasonable and practical.
Position on Immigration:
I believe all people living in Kansas should be citizens, on the path to citizenship, or other proper resident status. For those that are not, they need to be provided information explaining their options, and if they refuse to participate in a legal resident option, action must be taken.
Highest Priority Issue in Office:
My highest priority has been, and always will be, the needs of my district. Two years ago, the outcry was for education and I worked very hard in getting the school funding equity and adequacy resolved. Visiting with constituents lately, the greatest concern is protecting what has been done for schools, but also protecting against any new tax increases and improving our Medicaid system and services.
What needs to change in our state government?
State government is becoming the hyper-partisan politics we are used to seeing out of our federal government. Kansas is better than that. We need to focus on the things that we have in common and work together to find good solutions on the issues where there is disagreement. It’s possible – I’ve seen glimmers of hope at certain times in the Capitol!