Growing Kansas Jobs:
Bringing new, good jobs to our community is always one of my top priorities as a State Senator. But currently, Kansas is lagging behind our neighboring states in terms of recovery. Too many unemployed Kansans cannot find a job, either because there aren’t enough to go around or because they may lack the skills necessary to meet the needs of today’s market.
To make the Kansas economy work for working families, I will continue to support policies that strengthen small businesses and create good paying jobs, and provide opportunities for Kansans, including those in the growing fields of technology and clean energy.
I will also continue to sponsor and support initiatives that help keep Kansas jobs from being exported, protect unemployed workers against workplace discrimination, strengthen work training and post-secondary/technical educational programs, and stop unscrupulous hiring practices.
Finally, I remain committed to the most significant jobs package passed by the Kansas Legislature in the last decade — T-WORKS, the 10-year Transportation Program, the only program guaranteed to create 175,000 new jobs over the next decade. However, the continued mismanagement of the budget and the reliance on raids of the highway fund have put these jobs in jeopardy.