Name: Terry Calloway

Age: 56

Political Party: Republican

Hometown: Pittsburg, Kansas (Born in Greenville, South Carolina)

Political Experience: Civic service including: Pittsburg Planning and Zoning Commission, Pittsburg Airport Advisory Board, South Broadway Baptist Church Board of Trustees, Pittsburg State – College of Business Board of Advisors, Pittsburg Rotary Club, and Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander.

Name: Terry Calloway
Age: 56
Political Party: Republican
Hometown: Pittsburg, Kansas (Born in Greenville, South Carolina)
Political Experience: Civic service including: Pittsburg Planning and Zoning Commission, Pittsburg Airport Advisory Board, South Broadway Baptist Church Board of Trustees, Pittsburg State – College of Business Board of Advisors, Pittsburg Rotary Club, and Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander.

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?

Pittsburg State has made cuts. The City of Pittsburg has made cuts. Hard working families in the Pittsburg area have made cuts, but the State’s budget was increased by over $200 Million. Does that make sense? In order to jumpstart the economy, we need bold action by our legislators. We need to consider making some serious improvements to our tax system. Kansas is ranked as the 7th most business friendly state, but increasing taxes at a key point in our recovery is only going to hurt jobs and economic development in our border district. A guarantee to finish US 69 through SEK should have been redlined in the legislation and was not. We need a stronger voice in Topeka to bring jobs back to Pittsburg and to heal our economy, so we are not losing business and jobs to neighboring states.

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?

When the school finance formula does not match up with changes in the economy it needs to be reviewed and adjusted. More of the education funding for schools needs to reach the classroom and be spent on our teachers and children. Teachers are our first line of communication in the learning process. Education goals cannot be accomplished with so much of the funds for education tied up in overhead costs. We also need innovation—enhancing Science and Math programs and expanding Technical programs are a must. Success depends on our education dollars reaching the place where learning happens—in the  classroom.

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?

Unlike my opponent who helped to author a bill to remove the tax-exempt status for such organizations as veterans groups, church organizations and disease fighting groups, I will support a group-by-group review of tax exemptions. However, those organizations with a long history of charitable work cannot be touched, including churches. Taxes on services should be reviewed on a line-by-line basis to ensure that we remain competitive with other states and do not drain struggling family budgets.