"I grew up in a military family and learned the importance of public service at a young age. I have lived in Shawnee for 45 years and I understand what is important to my constituents. We need to fund our public schools and infrastructure to keep our economy growing. Kansans want and deserve access to healthcare. We must do all we can to reduce the explosive suicide rate in our community and I will fight for Kansas to invest in mental health. Finally, I believe that government should be open and responsive to the people it serves, I will continue to vote in favor of legislation to make our work more transparent to the public. With nearly a decade of legislative experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental process, work across party lines, and get things done. " ~Cindy Neighbor
I have been a public school advocate for more than 30 years, serving on my local PTA, the Shawnee Mission School Board and voting for adequate and equitable funding in the legislature. We took steps last session to restore school funding to constitutional levels and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this progress is protected. I oppose any constitutional amendments that would intrude on the third branch of government and their ability to ensure we uphold our constitutional requirements to adequately fund public education. I voted to reinstate teacher due process and against arming our teachers. I am proud to have received the endorsement of all local and state pro-public education organizations.
We need to expand Medicaid. Doing so is a critical to the public health of our state and will give tens of thousands of Kansans access to healthcare. Additionally, as a previous board member of Johnson County Mental Health Board, I am deeply concerned about the rising rates of suicide, particularly among young Kansans. We have made moderate restorations to mental health, but we have a long way to go and I will continue to be a strong voice in our Capitol for additional funding for our community mental health programs.
Kansas' economy was devastated by the misguided policies of the Brownback administration. I'm proud to have worked with our new governor to reverse the tax cuts that starved our public services and bringing Kansas back to a responsible budget. Going forward, we have major work to do in improving our unemployment insurance system, protecting our education system and other public services from cuts and attracting good jobs to Kansas.
Climate change is a real challenge which Kansas must be prepared to face. Our state has become a leader in wind energy and the further development of alternative fuels is a source of great economic and environmental potential for the state. At the same time, we have to prepare to adapt to a changing climate, including protecting our water resources and dealing with the impact of flooding and other weather events on the agricultural and other sectors of the economy.