Greetings from Topeka. We are now entering the third week of the veto session and overtime of the 2017 legislative session. The Republican super-majorities in both houses have failed to pass any meaningful solutions to address our economic crisis and to fund our schools. This work should have been done weeks ago, yet they continue to cast about for magical solutions without showing any meaningful progress for Kansas. This failure to govern is now costing the tax payers an extra $42,000 per day. We must conclude our work here and bring stability back to the Kansas economy.

From the beginning of the session we’ve discussed the solutions to ending the disaster Brownback brought with his 2012 economic experiment. Repealing that law is the beginning; a beginning many across the aisle simply refuse to recognize. So far, however the Republican led legislature has only begun to nibble around the edges of the obvious solution. Their budgets fail to address our woeful state budget problems, unconstitutional school funding and the continued robbing of KDOT dollars to pay our everyday bills. They refuse to acknowledge the depth of the problem and want to continue kicking the can down the road. We cannot continue to do that. I promised you I would work to enact tax fairness, end the Brownback experiment, restore the child care tax credit, fund our schools and help our most disadvantaged citizens. I continue to work toward that goal. I pledge to continue to advocate for the 72nd district and do whatever possible to bring a close to the Brownback era. We have to do the right for Kansas and our citizens.  

Ad Astra per Aspera!

— Tim Hodge is member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 72nd district. This is his first year in the House.