Culture of Corruption
Topeka has a culture of corruption. Part of the problem is that some in Topeka have just been there too long. How long? One leader of the opposition party has been there since Gerald Ford was President. Others have merely exchanged their legislative badges for lobbyist badges and are busy cashing in on the offices Kansans entrusted them with. This is wrong. We need term limits for all legislative and statewide elected officials.
The legislature just passed a disastrous $1.2 billion tax increase. Topeka does not need more money and Kansas taxpayers do not need to pay higher taxes to feed state government. Kansas does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
While state spending was increasing, my office reduced its budget from $7 million to $4.7 million. We didn’t do that by cutting services, in fact we took on additional responsibilities. We did this by modernizing our office procedures, utilizing electronic communications, and modeling our office after the private sector.
Once we get our financial house in order we will begin creating new opportunities for our state unlike any we’ve seen to date.
Strong borders are essential to our nation and to our State. They are essential to fighting terrorism, essential to fighting crime, and essential to protecting American workers. And the only way to combat a problem as severe as a lawless immigration system is to have action at both the federal and the state level.
Unfortunately, Kansas has become the sanctuary state of the Midwest. We are the only state in the 5-state area that has done nothing to discourage illegal immigration.
This hurts Kansas taxpayers. This puts Kansans’ jobs at risk. And it puts Kansans’ lives at risk. We can solve this problem in Kansas. But it takes leadership and political will. I’ll get the job done.