A Note from Rep. Marvin Kleeb
Dear Residents of the 48th District,
Since 2009, I have had the honor and privilege of representing you in the Kansas House of Representatives. When I took office, our state was in economic decline with a severe loss of jobs in the private sector. Kansas tax rates were a burden on our struggling families and businesses, government was too big, and the bureaucracy was entrenched with little emphasis on efficiency and improvement. It's hard to believe, but at the end of fiscal year 2010, Kansas had had less than $1,000 in the state general fund. Kansas was lagging behind.
Now, in 2014, after four years of Republican leadership with a strategy for economic growth, Kansas is soaring once again. In the last three years, 56,000 private sector jobs have been created, new businesses starts are reaching new highs, and companies with good paying jobs are moving into our state at a record rate because of the regulatory and tax reforms we have made. Kansas is open for business!
During the last four years, state education spending has increased $270,000.000, fairer support for Johnson County schools has been achieved and local control for Johnson County school districts has been enhanced. Due to the increased investment in education at the state and local levels, over 600 new teachers have been hired statewide and our Johnson County teachers have received raises, some for the first time in years. Furthermore, we are pouring tens of millions of dollars more annually into the teachers retirement fund to make up for two decades of severe underfunding, neglect and over promising that resulted in a $9 plus billion actuarial shortfall.
I, and many of my legislative colleagues, respect that fact that state revenues coming from taxes paid by our hardworking Kansas families and businesses. I will continue to strive for increased government efficiencies and accountability. Unlike Washington, Kansas must continue to be good stewards of your tax money by providing important state services in the most fiscally responsible manner possible.
As your State Representative, I am proud to have helped lead the effort to enact policies that helped create this strong economic environment and jobs growth. As our GDP grows, we must not turn back -- we must continue to invest in our children’s education, create jobs and expand prosperity in our great state.
I look forward to earning your vote on November 4th.
~ Marvin Kleeb
Paid for by Kleeb for Kansas House; Margaret Bonicelli, Treasurer