It has been a busy, but invaluable, first two weeks of the campaign. I have had the chance to meet many voters and hear their hopes for Kansas along with their frustrations with the current state of affairs. I’ve also met with local business and city government leaders in Overland Park to hear the ways that policies from Topeka have affected their work locally. The hard truth is that it’s a tough time to make long term plans for businesses in Kansas. While there are any number of guesses as to what tax policy will be in the coming years, the only certainty is that the current policy is unsustainable. The uncertainty surrounding future investments in transportation pose another challenge for businesses. Highway 69, I- 35, and I-435 are economic corridors for our area and large sweeps of KDOT funds to plug budget holes has left their future maintenance and expansion in doubt.
Funding highways and promoting a stable business climate are not partisan issues, they are common sense priorities. The longer we delay a return to investing in our businesses and transportation, the more difficult it will be to fix.We need to address these priorities in a way that serves everyone and we need to do it soon. So when you take a break from working to elect pragmatic public servants, let the incumbents know how important our businesses and our roads are to life in Overland Park.