Website: Dan Stiffler for Kansas
- College professor
- EdD, Oklahoma State University
- EdS, Wichita State University
- MME, University of Central Oklahoma
- BME, University of Oklahoma
- Married to Kimberlee Stiffler
- Has three daughters and one son
Position on the Kansas Budget:
For the past eight years, Kansas has suffered under the burden of Sam Brownback’s radical economic experiment that nearly bankrupted our state and left us with understaffed prisons, decaying roads, and a further decline in the standard of living for middle and working class Kansans. It is time to bring some common sense back to the state finances.
Position on School Funding:
I believe education should be funded responsibly, including early childhood education. I support adequate and equitable funding for K-12 public education.
Position on Economy & Taxes:
Our continued slashing of government in the name of tax cuts for the rich has led to prison riots, increased threats to our safety, and even led to missing foster kids. Prosperity and job creation in the 21st Century starts with a well-trained and well-educated workforce. The state relies too heavily on property taxes and sales taxes, which burden the working class. We need balance and fairness in our tax system.
Position on Health Care:
We need Medicaid expansion so a poor working family of four can have reasonable health care. We should provide health care for the poor and working class instead of stubbornly sending billions of health care dollars back to the federal government.
Position on Immigration:
I support common sense immigration policies that provide for the dignity of the individual and do not allow families to be separated.
Highest Priority Issue in Office:
The future of this great state is in peril. For the past 8 years, Kansas was ground zero for a real-life economic experiment that bankrupted our treasury, robbed our highway funds, sacrificed our schools and drove our economy into the ground. Ideologues have been bent on destroying our future in the name of more tax cuts for the billionaires. I promise to fight against any new experiments that threaten our state. We are better than this. We must turn back the Brownback experiment.
What needs to change in our state government?
We need transparency and honesty in our state government. Politicians should be held accountable rather than be allowed to turn a blind eye to the corruption and cronyism in their midst. Kansas must no longer be seen as an example of a dysfunctional state government or the butt of some joke.