Improving Higher Education:
At no time in our history has a quality education been more essential to a prosperous economic future. Our state can create a highly-skilled workforce that will attract new businesses and ensure our state is responsive to the needs of industry only when it provides proper funding to institutions of higher education.
Since Governor Brownback has been in office, higher education budgets have been repeatedly slashed to help make up for the revenue shortfalls from his failed economic policies.
I pledge to continue fighting for suitable funding for our community colleges and Regents Universities.
As a parent who helped pay our daughter’s tuition at Emporia State University, I know the financial hardship facing many working families. I will support new scholarships to help more deserving Kansas students, especially those from working families, afford college.
Because not all high school graduates are college-bound, I will continue to support the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, which matches new and current workers with the training and skills needed to succeed in the workforce.