Representative Anthony Brown
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We wrap up our series of profiles of the GOP Primary candidates for the 42nd House District and 3rd Senate District in the Kansas State House. Both of these districts encompass the city of Eudora. All the GOP candidates were sent the exact same questionnaire. Today, we are printing the response from 3rd Senate District Candidate and current House District 38 Representative Anthony Brown.
Please tell about your background.
– Born and raised on a small farm between Baldwin and Eudora.
– Graduated from Baldwin High in 1987.
– Enlisted in the Marine Corps and am a decorated veteran of Desert Storm.
– Graduated from Emporia State University with a BS in Secondary Education.
I taught school for four years at Atchison County Community Schools in Effingham, Kansas. After a career change, I started working construction and now have my own small construction business, American Heritage Construction, LLC. I entered into politics eight years ago and have been fortunate to represent Eudora in the 38th District.
Please tell us about your political experience.
I was elected to Kansas State House Representative in 2004 until present. I currently chair the House committee Commerce and Economic Development.
What do you think is the most important issue that will face the Kansas Senate in the next year?
I feel the budget is always one of the biggest issues in the Legislative process, followed closely by job creation in the private sector.
The Kansas state budget has caused great debate in recent years. How do you plan on improving the state budget?
We need to prioritize our budget to ensure the most vulnerable in Kansas are cared for and provide essential services. We must make government more efficient and effective.
Education funding makes up a large portion of the state budget. Many districts have stated that state funding for education has been inadequate. What are your thoughts on education funding?
The average cost of educating a Kansas student is a little over $12,000 according to the Kansas Department of Education. Funding comes mainly from three sources; Based state aid per pupil, local contributions and federal dollars. A little over $12,000 is comparable if not exceeding many of our neighboring states. We need to create a stable and secure funding for education so our schools can continue to meet the needs of our work force.
Education funding and redistricting of seats have been settled in the court system as opposed to the State House. What are your thoughts on the court system determining policies that should be settled by the Legislature?
The House finished in early February with a fair map for all of Kansas that passed with an overwhelming majority supported by both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate was unwilling to pass a House map until the House adopted a gerrymandered Senate map that collapsed a Minority/Majority district in western Kansas. Drawing out known opponents to protect Senate incumbents was egregious enough, but the House felt we could not pass a Senate map that diluted a Minority/Majority district. The Senate not looking to enter into a compromise forced the map to the courts. The funding issue will always be raised by school districts who want more money from State taxpayers. The court is just simply carrying out their function as part of the checks and balances we have in our Constitution.
Health care has seen many changes from the federal government recently. These changes will affect all citizens. What are your thoughts on these changes and what will you do as a Senator for the citizens of Kansas when it comes to healthcare?
I voted, and will again, to allow Kansas to opt out of Obama Care. I have always been a strong proponent of lower health insurance costs. I favor Health Savings Accounts to ensure individuals have more control over their healthcare needs. I have also been an advocate for allowing insurance companies to offer products regardless of state boundaries. Currently, insurance companies are limited from competing across state lines, which in my opinion drives up costs of insurance.
An issue that is important to many people is abortion. What is your stance on abortion and what will you do to support your position in the State Senate?
I have 100% pro life voting record and have always been endorsed by Kansans For Life. I am pleased to receive their endorsement yet again this year.
Same sex marriage is also a popular topic in the United States. What is your position on marriage?
I voted for the marriage amendment my first session in Topeka. The voters in the State of Kansas overwhelmingly supported the position of one man, one woman in marriage.
Citizens in the state hold the belief that their taxes are high. With that said, what is your opinion on taxes in the state and what are your plans, if any, to change taxes, either up or down?
This last census illustrated that the highest tax states in America lost population. The best example is California and they lost Congressional seats because of the population shift. We know these folks moved to one of four states, Wyoming, Tennessee, Florida and Texas. All these states do not tax capital. These individuals did not move because they wanted a tax break. They moved because they were chasing jobs and careers. We must lower our taxes on capital to attract more jobs so all families can have the same opportunity to succeed. When Kansans are working the State revenues go up and are able to provide those much needed services we expect from the State.
What other issues are important to you that you plan on fighting for or against as a member of the Legislature?
We need to continue to foster job growth and wealth creation in the State. We have to make Kansas a better place to start and grow a business. We have to cut regulation and limit government intrusion in the business sector. We have to provide services to the developmental and physically disabled community as well as protecting the aging and elderly.
Why do you want to sit in the Senate?
I feel I have the experience and the working relationships with many folks in the Legislature and can hit the ground running. I feel Kansas is on the verge of a tremendously strong economic recovery. I want to make sure we stay the course and allow the programs we put into place to foster this growth. Kansas should be a place where hard work is still rewarded and create a stable and secure future so all families can take advantage of the opportunity before them.
The Eudora Chamber of Commerce and Eudorareporter.com are proud to bring you the opportunity to learn more about candidates in person at a town hall forum on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 PM. Meet the Candidates – 2012 – The GOP Primary will take place at Eudora City Hall 4 E. 7th Street in Downtown Eudora. Past president of the Chamber of Commerce Amy Durkin and Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz will host the event. The candidates will be asked a series of questions determined by a panel from both Eudorareporter.com and the Chamber of Commerce. Citizens will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.
The Chamber of Commerce and Eudorareporter.com hope that you can attend the event which is open to the public and free of charge.