A prosperous economy is one where everyone has an opportunity to benefit. I will fight to prioritize programs that stimulate economic growth to ensure a prosperous future, where Kansas is a great place to live and work. To create a platform for growth, we must focus on innovation, skills and infrastructure.
Every child should have access to a quality education regardless of their abilities, status or beliefs. A highly educated and skilled workforce is the foundation of a strong economy. We must demonstrate our commitment to our next generation of leaders by fully funding our public schools so that we can provide them more opportunities to succeed.
Quality and affordable healthcare should be available to all Kansans. Because our legislature has refused to expand Medicaid, 155,000 hard-working Kansans cannot afford health insurance because they fall in the coverage gap. They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to receive subsidies through the healthcare marketplace.
Expanding Medicaid is the fiscally responsible thing to do. It would return hundreds of millions of tax dollars back to Kansas every year, creating jobs and stimulating our economy. Without expansion, many of our state’s uninsured will seek care at the most expensive place-the emergency room. This increases hospital’s uncompensated care costs, many of which are already struggling to keep their doors open. One-third of rural hospitals in Kansas are considered financially vulnerable.