Small business is the cornerstone of American prosperity. My husband Carl and I owned and operated Sportsman's Supply for over twenty years in Hays, and were members of the local chamber of commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business during that time. We specialized in shooting sports, hunting and fishing, bicycles, and exercise equipment. I understand the challenges and rewards that accompany small business ownership.
I am also a licensed real estate agent in Kansas. Our laws and regulations must support the American dream of home ownership. Elimination of the mortgage interest income tax deduction, coupled with a sales tax on home sales, increased property taxes, and increased regulation only result in declining home values, struggling markets, and a withering American Dream.
We must secure an environment conducive to job creation and entrepreneurship, an environment in which our sons and daughters can generate a prosperous future for their families, and a place where home ownership is the rule rather than the exception. The viability of rural America depends on their success. The independent retailer, hunter, and farmer, are the backbone and the tax base of our rural economy. In the Kansas Senate, I pledge to work toward a climate where the family business is not a thing of the past, where people with a passion to be their own boss can thrive, where our children can find or create meaningful employment, and where families can experience the joys and security of homeownership.