State of Kansas Archives: on Budget & Economy


Patrick Wiesner: Pay off $19T national debt over a period of 25 years

The Senate mission of Patrick is paying off the government's debt. Patrick takes paying off the national debt as the duty of baby boomers. His plan is simple but requires hard work. The US now has a $17 trillion annual economy. We can take 3.0 percent of our GDP and, every year, put that toward debt reduction. In year one, we will pay off $510 billion. The second year--another $523 billion. If the economy grows at two and a half percent, in just under 25 years, the debt will be paid.

On top of the $19 trillion in Treasury bond obligations, our Congress and the lobbyists have unloaded $5.0 trillion of housing loan guarantees onto the taxpayers plus another $1.2 trillion in student loans. Borrowing and making more promises that our children will pay the bill is the way Washington spends money without voter accountability. This culture can only be fixed by firing incumbents. If we do nothing, and let the debt keep going up, our children will leave.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate website, WiesnerForSenate Apr 1, 2016

Patrick Wiesner: Paying off the national debt is the duty of baby boomers

Today, the incumbents don't debate paying off the debt. There is no talk of a surplus. They have given up on balancing the budget. The GOP-controlled Congress (along with all-too-willing Democrats) dealt with caps on discretionary spending by simply raising the limits. In the process, the debt ceiling is now unlimited. Any discussion the GOP is a fiscally conservative caucus is a hoax.

Patrick takes paying off the national debt as the duty of baby boomers. His plan is simple but requires hard work The US now has a $17 trillion annual economy. We can take 3.0% of our GDP and, every year, put that toward debt reduction. In year one, we will pay off $510 billion. The second year--another $523 billion. If the economy grows at 2.5%, in just under 25 years, the debt will be paid.

Patrick has been in private law practice for 23 years. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. His practice is focused on solving tax and debt problems. Patrick intends to be the Senate expert on the tax code.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, WiesnerForSenate.com Mar 1, 2016

Curtis Coleman: Work tirelessly to reduce our deficit & pay back $18T debt

America currently has a financial crisis written into law. We have over $18 Trillion of debt, and $127 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, promises we have made that we cannot keep. I pledge to work tirelessly to reduce our deficit, and to start paying back our debt, as well as restructuring our unfunded liabilities so that we can afford them all.

As a small businessman and entrepreneur, I will be a champion of small business in the Senate. I will never vote for crony capitalism, nor subsidies for politically connected friends, and will significantly reduce the red tape which is choking our economy.

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Conner Eldridge: Start doing something about $18 trillion in debt

Eldridge said that `in Washington, they brag the budget deficit has declined [and that] we should have a big party.` He said the federal government's budget deficit is about $600 billion this year, and `in Washington, they say we wouldn't complain as much about them if we knew all the great things they were doing to help us. `In Arkansas we know better. We know that we've got $18 trillion in debt and that debt has tripled from the time my opponent took office,` Eldridge said. `It is time we start doing something about it now.`

He said both political parties are to blame. `The facts are that somebody who has been there for over a decade does bear responsibility for much of what has happened,` he said.

Source: Democrat-Gazette on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Oct 18, 2015

French Hill: Cut low-priority spending; smaller federal government

Washington is out of control and career politicians are bankrupting our country. The federal government needs to quit trying to do everything and instead, shift power back to state and local governments. The federal government is too big and spends too much.

The federal government must reform entitlements, cut low-priority spending, and stop performing functions best left to state and local governments or the private sector. We need a cultural change in which the federal government is a smaller, less significant, and much less expensive and intrusive part of everyone's lives. We must enact a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and a line-item presidential veto power that could pass constitutional muster. These types of reforms are a necessary antidote to Congress's failures to exercise self-control.

Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, ElectFrench.com Nov 4, 2014

Nathan LaFrance: Politicians CANNOT control government spending; time for BBA

United States federal debt currently sits at $17.5 TRILLION dollars! Neither the Republicans nor Democrats are serious about getting our country back to financial health--both parties are beholden to too many special interests, and too worried about re-election, to make necessary reforms to federal spending.

Since it is proven that our politicians CANNOT control government spending, it is time for the U.S. voters to control it for them. A vote for Nathan LaFrance to the U.S. Senate is a vote for a constitutional amendment which forces the federal government to adhere to a balanced budget every year.

A balanced budget will be achieved by phasing out and eliminating the vast federal wealth-transfer programs and by significantly reducing the size and scope of the multitude of federal agencies and administrations in existence today.

Source: 2014 Arkansas Senate campaign website, LaFrance2014.com Sep 30, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Free enterprise is key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Hutchinson: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Randall Batson: Market-led recovery instead of federal stimulus

Q: Do you support or oppose the federal stimulus as better than market-led recovery?

A: Strongly Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Patrick Wiesner: End Washington DC's "let's borrow money" culture

Q: When thinking about the future of the state, what concerns you the most?

A: My biggest concern is the "let's borrow money" culture of Washington DC. I don't think we should have to borrow for college and take 20 years to pay it off; or borrow to own a home and take 30 years to pay it off; or borrow to run our Federal government and never pay it off. I want our kids and their kids to live their lives without owing money. As your US Senator, I intend to move us out of the debt cycle.

Source: Emporia Gazette on 2016 Kansas Senate race Aug 2, 2014

Patrick Wiesner: Generate surpluses & not deficits; pay off our national debt

Q: What are your top three priorities?

A: As Senator, I will start my work on setting budget policy so that we generate surpluses and not deficits; this will give us revenue to pay off our national debt. Second, our tax code needs attention so that compliance is easy. Third, we need to keep lobbyists from drafting laws.

Q: What actions would you take on the budget?

A: My mission is to get our country out of debt. The United States has enough economic power and agricultural wealth to be generous to its citizens and, at the same time, pay for the cost of government. National defense, Social Security, and a safety net for the poor are priorities. Other programs will be limited or cut so that we have enough revenue left to pay off our d

Source: Emporia Gazette on 2016 Kansas Senate race Aug 2, 2014

Pat Roberts: Ok to spend in time of war; otherwise don't be over-generous

Gov. Sam Brownback showered Roberts with praise for his work on a $404 million research lab at Kansas State University. But Brownback didn't mention that Roberts voted against a sweeping spending bill earlier this year that provided the money for the research lab; had his position prevailed, the project could have collapsed.

"I have voted for omnibus [spending] bills in the past; in the past, I have voted for [raising] debt ceilings," Roberts said. "But that was a time of war; we were doing emergency spending." Now, "all of a sudden, you are at $16 trillion debt," he said. "It's astounding. Now, $17 trillion, $18 trillion."

Similarly, Roberts said he voted against the farm bill because its subsidies for certain commodities were too generous and it did too little to overhaul the food stamp program. Still, when Roberts travels through the state, he touts his role crafting the law's provisions reforming the crop insurance program.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Milton Wolf: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Wolf: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Greg Orman: Report federal spending by strict accounting standards

The only way we get spending under control is by making hard choices that Congress today seems unwilling to make.

We've seen our credit rating as a country downgraded because of the whole debt ceiling debate because politicians refuse to face the tough choices we need to make and play by a different set of rules. We need to require the federal government to report expenses and revenue by the same strict accounting standards now required of all major companies.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, OrmanForSenate.com Jun 17, 2014

Chad Taylor: Budget cuts threaten basic prosecutorial services

Democrats now have a challenger in the Kansas Senate race in Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, who launched his bid on Friday. Taylor's entry into the race gives Democrats at least a chance to take advantage of what's already become a bruising Republican primary fight between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and radiologist Milton Wolf.

Taylor was first elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012, and drew some national attention after he said budget cuts threatened to keep him from prosecuting domestic abuse cases.

He faces slim prospects for success in the deep-red state, however--Kansas hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate in more than half a century, and the state went for Mitt Romney with 60 percent of the vote in 2012.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Kansas Senate race Mar 3, 2014

Mike Ross: AdWatch: Voted for $7 trillion in new debt and bailouts

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross is the target of a new ad in the Arkansas governor's race. The ad comes from the Republican Governors Association. Its script:
Source: Arkansas Matters AdWatch on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Feb 24, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: AdWatch: Worked for lobbying firm after leaving Congress

The Democratic Governors Association said a group affiliated with it, "Jobs and Opportunity," has made a six-figure ad buy. The ad claims former Rep. Asa Hutchinson has a history of "wheeling and dealing" while the Democratic candidate, former Rep. Mike Ross, displayed common sense & fiscal responsibility during his term. "D.C. lobbyist Asa Hutchinson has forgotten what Arkansas values look like," a spokesman said.

Hutchinson's campaign criticized the Democratic group's new ad. "This ad is misleading and hypocritical. They need to check their facts. Asa was practicing law in Arkansas while Mike Ross was voting for these very bills in Washington."

The ad says Hutchinson and the firm where he worked after leaving Congress benefited from the stimulus program. "While Hutchinson and his lobbying firm were cashing in on a stimulus bill and the Wall Street and Detroit bailouts, Mike Ross was fighting for a balanced budget amendment and voting against congressional pay raises," a Ross spokesman said.

Source: Miami Herald AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2014

Mike Ross: AdWatch: Trillions of things in common with Pelosi & Obama

The Republican Governors Association unveiled a six-figure advertising buy for television and radio commercials that claim Ross is too closely aligned with President Barack Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to lead Arkansas effectively. It specifically mentions the president's 2009 stimulus package. "Obama, Pelosi and Ross. Trillions of things in common. All of them wasted," the narrator says in the GOP ad. "That's the real Mike Ross."

Ross is the only Democrat to announce a run for governor, while Hutchinson, who lost the 2006 governor's race to Mike Beebe, who is term-limited, is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the GOP nomination. The filing season opens next Monday.

Over the last two election cycles, the GOP has made gains by tying Democratic Party candidates to Obama and Pelosi, who are unpopular in Arkansas. In 2012 the GOP won control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction

Source: Miami Herald AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2014

Randall Batson: No rainy day fund; reduce all spending

Q: Do you support establishing a "rainy day" fund?

A: While this idea sounds good, it allows legislatures to become complacent.

Q: Your legislative priorities if elected?

A: Reduction of spending, less taxation, looking at privatizing some public usages. We need to reverse the education funding. Instead of funding schools and school boards, we need to fund students' education and let those families determine the school in the matter of compete to educate. These funds cannot be withdrawn from the family nor the student, yet awarded monthly to the educator (teacher or professor) and distributed through deductions those educators have contract with (schools, school boards, and administrators).

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Robin Carnahan: 2008 bank bailout helped Wall Street, not ordinary people

Carnahan criticized Blunt for his role in a 2008 bill bailing out troubled financial institutions, suggesting that it demonstrated a willingness to help Wall Street more than ordinary people. "Congressman Blunt time and again is on the side of Wall Street. He can figure out every rationale to give bailouts to Wall Street, he can say that it was great that it helped our economy--he's said it over and over again," Carnahan said. "But as I travel around our state, it hasn't helped.
Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Roy Blunt: Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake

Carnahan criticized Blunt for his role in a 2008 bill bailing out troubled financial institutions, suggesting that it demonstrated a willingness to help Wall Street more than ordinary people. "Congressman Blunt time and again is on the side of Wall Street. He can figure out every rationale to give bailouts to Wall Street, he can say that it was great that it helped our economy--he's said it over and over again," Carnahan said. "But as I travel around our state, it hasn't helped.
Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Robin Carnahan: TARP financial bailout let banks run wild

"I've been in Jefferson City while Congressman Blunt has been in Washington," she said. "To me, if you put somebody in charge of something for 14 years and they don't get the job done, you fire that person."

Carnahan took some positions to Blunt's right: Promising to ban spending earmarks, for example, and criticizing the financial bailout known as TARP. "Congressman, you were there to let these banks run wild," Carnahan said. "You were there to bail them out with $700 billion of our money."

Recent reports estimate the actual cost of the TARP program at much less than that, Blunt pointed out, adding the bipartisan program prevented financial calamity. "It was a plan that worked," he said. "Hopefully, we'll never get in that situation again."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Roy Blunt: TARP was a plan that worked

"I've been in Jefferson City while Congressman Blunt has been in Washington," she said. "To me, if you put somebody in charge of something for 14 years and they don't get the job done, you fire that person."

Carnahan took some positions to Blunt's right: Promising to ban spending earmarks, for example, and criticizing the financial bailout known as TARP. "Congressman, you were there to let these banks run wild," Carnahan said. "You were there to bail them out with $700 billion of our money."

Recent reports estimate the actual cost of the TARP program at much less than that, Blunt pointed out, adding the bipartisan program prevented financial calamity. "It was a plan that worked," he said. "Hopefully, we'll never get in that situation again."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Mark Parkinson: Constitutionally require set-aside for emergency fund

It is time that we take steps to make sure that the state never again finds itself facing this kind of fiscal challenge. There are many reasons for the budget problems that we have. One is that we came into last year without an emergency fund. This is unacceptable.

Downturns are inevitable. Every business and family knows this, and those that are able develop reserve funds to prepare for those downturns. It is time for the state to do the same. I am asking you to pass the Constitutional Amendment that would require us to set a portion of state revenue aside to create an emergency fund. In years of declining revenue we would tap into the fund and avoid the situation we are currently in. It is time that we put our fiscal house in order and lay the foundation for a solid financial future for this state.

During a recession, people give up; once they give up, a recession can become a depression. My message to Kansans tonight is this: don't give up. There are too many reasons for genuine optimism.

Source: Kansas 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Bruce Westerman: Favors economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes

Westerman indicates support of the following principles for balancing Arkansas' budget.

Q: Establishing a "rainy day" fund?

A: Yes.

Q: Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders?

A: Yes.

Q: Increasing tuition rates at public universities?

A: Yes.

Q: Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees?

A: No.

Q: Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?

A: Yes.

Q: Privatizing certain government services?

A: Yes.

Westerman adds, "If state employee jobs are necessary then I do not support mandatory furloughs and layoffs for those jobs. If the state jobs are unnecessary then they should be eliminated to help stabilize the budget. Since Arkansas must have a balanced budget then cuts will be required in many areas, taxes will have to be raised, or more income generated through economic growth. I favor economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes."

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Bill Graves: Reauthorize the Kansas state lottery

In the 1986 election, nearly two out of three Kansas voters supported amending the Kansas constitution to have a state lottery. This session, you will discuss whether to honor their decision. Failure to renew the Lottery will cause it to automatically expire and will require budget adjustments that anticipate the loss of $60 million -- an amount the Lottery is expected to generate for various state programs in FY 2002. I support the Lottery’s reauthorization.
Source: State of the state address to Kansas legislature Jan 8, 2001

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