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Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy

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My plan for creating jobs and growing our economy comes down to two points -- reinvesting in Kansas and fiscal responsibility.

Job Growth. Investing in research and development tax credits, we allow businesses and universities to innovate and prosper. The jobs they create are jobs that cannot be exported and create a foundation of commerce in our state. A prime example is the burgeoning biosciences corridor in Kansas, which stretches from Manhattan to Kansas City and has attracted Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups and incubators. Demand for the bright minds of our state has been so high, the University of Kansas' recently constructed biosciences incubator facility was sold out of space before it opened. But Senator Roberts voted against further funding for the National Bio-Agrodefense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, putting in jeopardy the hundreds of jobs that accompany its construction. He's made it clear he doesn't believe in Kansas' future.

Fiscal Responsibility. The debt is a problem and needs to be dealt with through common sense solutions. For instance, we should return to PAYGO, or "pay-as-you-go," budgeting rules that brought us a $236 billion surplus in the last year of the Clinton presidecy. It provides a transparent means of prioritizing our budget by showing where every dollar of spending would come from -- reallocation from other programs, tax increases, or program cuts. Bringing accountability and transparency back to the process is the only way we will put our financial house in order.


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