Sensible voices have prevailed in Kansas. It wasn't easy, but with a new tax plan, a balanced budget, and an increase in funding for schools the Kansas legislature has put our state back on more stable footing.
The revenue generated by the new plan will allow for investment in our roads and bridges, mental health, safety care clinics, senior care programs, public education; it protects funding for early childhood education and has upgraded our outlook in the eyes of the credit rating agencies.
I was proud to be a part of a broad bi-partisan coalition that pulled our state back from the brink. For the first time in five years a full budget debate was allowed on the house floor. Can you believe that? A deliberative and respectful process put us on the path toward solvency and stability. I am committed to continuing to do business in a way that makes us all proud.
Throughout the session constituents and industry experts alike said time and time again how pleased they were that I was willing to meet with constituents, reply to emails, answer phone calls and read the information provided by industry experts, allowing me to make informed decisions on the floor. This seems like the bare minimum for a public servant, but in previous years this has not been the case.
Communication and transparency are key to a successful democracy; and, it does not stop once the legislative session ends. Maintaining a strong level of communication between me and the community I serve through numerous mediums such as email, social media and mailers can be an expensive process, but it is essential to keeping citizens informed and engaged.
While we've moved the needle, our job is not finished and we can't afford to let up now. I have already filed for re-election in the August 2018 primary so I can continue to fight for the people of Kansas and District 28. But, I need your help and I am writing today to ask for your support. Please consider making a contribution to my campaign via my website, Paypal or CashMe or you can send a paper check to 3310 W. 137th St., Leawood, KS 66224.
Your contribution is critical to keeping us on this new path. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and for your generous support.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities in the legislature and beyond.