Name: Jeffrey G. “Jeff” Locke

Age: 47

Political Affiliation: Republican

Hometown: Arma, KS

Political Experience: A current Arma City Councilman

Name: Jeffrey G. “Jeff” Locke
Age: 47
Political Affiliation: Republican
Hometown: Arma, KS
Political Experience: A current Arma City Councilman

1. The Kansas economy, like most across the country, has slumped over the past couple of years. What specific ideas do you have to jumpstart the state’s economy?

The specific idea I endorse to jump start the state’s economy would be the upcoming Kansas Jobs and Recovery Act of 2011 that is mirrored after the state taxation approaches of Texas, Florida and South Dakota. This plan would be a three-year transition to eliminate the  personal state income tax and the corporate income tax that is currently embedded in every product sold in Kansas or exported from our borders. In addition, 32 state-wide taxes would be eliminated and the tobacco and alcohol use taxes would be cut in half.
All these taxes would be replaced with a simple, transparent, end-of-sale personal consumption tax as the ONLY incidence of collection.
A “prebate” for Kansas residents would eliminate the sales tax on purchases up to the poverty level. Find out more at www.FairtaxKS.org. This is a jobs bill supreme and it will attract residents, businesses to benefit private sector growth in our state and most importantly, right here in Southeast Kansas.

2. A major issue in the upcoming session is likely to be that of the current Kansas school finance formula. Do you support keeping the state’s school funding formula as it stands? Or are there changes you would support?

Before I would entertain a need to change the state’s school funding formula I would have to know where the money is actually going. I support the idea of private CPA’s not hired by the school district performing independent assessments to define the current use of funds being provided by said formula. We need to analyze the budgetary priorities being administered on behalf of the taxpayers in our school districts. As a classroom instructor for over 20 years I believe that the ratio of money reaching the classroom is what taxpayers are interested in. The ratio of administrative costs should be lowered in relation to getting more money into  use in the classrooms.
Defining the nature of a problem is the first order business in coming up with any real solution. Throwing money at a problem has never solved anything.

3. With the state’s economy continuing to struggle, lawmakers may be asked to consider two options for balancing the state’s budget — the removal of a number of sales tax exemptions for non-profit organizations and the taxing of services. What is your opinion of these options and would you support them?

The real problem of state government is not how to find new sources of income but how to deal with their spending problem.
As a matter of record, state government spending has skyrocketed beginning in the 1980s and it has continued on today. We are currently experiencing the second highest tax increase in Kansas history having just been passed by our current legislature. I’ve signed a No New Tax Pledge that allows for tax reform, but no additional taxes. New taxes must be offset by the elimination of old taxes. I say simplify collection, broaden the tax base, keep the influence of tax lobbyists out of it, and promote private sector job growth as a result. And do the people’s work by balancing the budget.  Please get everyone you know out to vote and please support pro-growth private sector policies by hiring Jeffrey Locke as your new 2nd district Statehouse representative.