As the first month of the new year draws to a close, it has been an excellent time to reflect on the previous year. What did we do wrong? What did we do right? What lessons did we learn that we can put toward 2018 and beyond? Indeed these are numerous. The reports made last year by the Kansas City Star in regards to the functions of the Kansas Government were troubling to say the least, and the past mistakes detailed in the reports are tragic; but the worst thing we can do about them is nothing.
I have been a proponent of increased transparency since I was elected last year. It’s incredibly important for Kansans to be well-informed, and for the state government to keep nothing hidden from its citizens. Which is why I’ve touted legislation that will prohibit anonymous votes. Trust is something that has been missing from Kansas politics for some time now, and it’s up to us, your elected officials, to restore that trust. Making it easy for our constituents to know how we voted on a bill is just one way we can do that.
The legislative session has been productive so far, and I’m excited by the possibilities of what we might be able to accomplish this year for the state of Kansas. The welfare of children, fair pay for teachers and equal protection under the law for all Kansas residents are just some of the things worth fighting for.