Issues

“Working Together for a Stronger Kansas”

...to Reform Taxes in Kansas 

  • Kansas has the highest sales tax on food in the country. Brandon will push to reduce the sales tax on food in Kansas.
  • In order to create new jobs that pay a living wage, we must clean up the failed, Brownback disaster in Topeka.
    • Kansas needs a fair, balanced, and predictable tax structure that protects the middle class and working families.

...for Strong Public Schools

  • We have an obligation to constitutionally fund our public K-12 schools and equitably allocate those resources in Olathe Public Schools and the Shawnee Mission School District.
    • We must invest in tomorrow's leaders by ensuring all students are prepared to enter community colleges, technical and vocational schools, or four-year universities. 
  • Cuts to higher education have exceeded $100 million during the Brownback Administration. As your state representative, Brandon worked to restore funding for higher education, keeping tuition rates flat for two years in a row. We must invest in higher education by: 
    • Recruiting and educating university students who will become the future workforce of Kansas.
    • Attracting and retaining the strongest faculty talent who are dedicated to supporting students.
    • Empowering our students to engage in experiences beyond the classroom so they are prepared for meaningful careers.

...to Provide Quality, Affordable Healthcare

  • We must expand Medicaid to the 150,000+ Kansans without insurance coverage.
    • The Kansas Legislature was only three votes short in overriding Gov. Brownback's veto of Medicaid expansion. The state has forfeited more than $4 billion by not expanding Medicaid and sending our tax dollars to states with expanded Medicaid. 
    • Expanding Kansans' access to affordable insurance coverage will result in less uncompensated care at our hospitals.

...to Invest in Infrastructure

  • With K-10, I-35, and I-435 all passing through our District, we must invest in necessary improvements to these major highways to give the people of Olathe and Lenexa reliable access to their jobs, schools, and places of worship. 
    • Kansas should stop using the State Highway Fund as its credit card, and we should ensure that our transportation funds are used for funding transportation projects.
    • As your state representative, Brandon proudly voted for the comprehensive, ten-year IKE Legacy Transportation Plan.

...to Create an Inclusive Kansas

  • Because all means all, Kansas must take necessary steps to make our state a place where people from all over want to live, work, and contribute to the local economy.
    • We need to implement a statewide non-discrimination act. Currently, LGBTQ+ Kansans can be fired from their job, denied housing or business, or bullied because of who they are.