It is with great honor and pleasure that I announce my plans to seek re-election for the newly formed 26th District of Missouri. It is extremely important for me to remain in Jefferson City because there is still a lot of important work to be done, to continue the progress to make Missouri a world class state that promotes entrepreneurship, business growth and provides quality services for our citizens. I feel this can be accomplished without sacrificing one over the other.
During my first term, Legislation had been introduced to that will help Kansas City Missouri to be more competitive with Kansas. It is imperative that this legislation is passed. To this date, the General Assembly has fallen short. I will continue to support these issues until they are successfully passes and signed by the governor. The Angel Tax Credit and Missouri Science and Innovation Resource Act (MOSIRA) are particularly important to Kansas City and to Missouri as a whole to put us in a better position to compete with neighboring states. The 26th District is home to two major players in the heart of research with The Stowers Institute and MRI Global.
The struggles of the Kansas City Public School District are secret to no one. The backbone to a strong community is a successful education system. For that reason, it is imperative that we work hard to get the public school system back on track to develop educated individuals that will later become a great asset to our community.
I have always been a supporter of higher education. As the new representative for the University of Missouri-Kansas I will continue to fight for adequate funding for higher education so they can produce highly skilled individuals.
As a member of the Budget Committee and Appropriations for Health, Mental Health and Social Services, we were forced to make tough but necessary decisions, but I do not believe the general assembly can continue to support cuts in our budget and provide the necessary services our citizens need and deserve. It is a must that we explore new avenues to generate income, while looking for areas to cut spending. Being a member of the Professional Registrations and Licensing Committee, I am focused on protecting the consumers in the State of Missouri making sure that all licensed professionals meet the requirements to perform their duties that they are trusted to perform.