ISSUES

Sean Tarwater is not a politician. He is a businessman, who knows what it takes to get the job done. He isn’t going to Topeka to join the club. He is going to Topeka to make a difference for our families and local businesses. As our next State Representative, Sean will work to cut wasteful spending, address infrastructure needs, create new jobs, and fight to improve our schools.

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BUDGET

The lack of revenue has directly affected other pressing issues and is the first thing that needs to be addressed. In order to address any other issue, the budget must be managed properly.  Raised by a businessman, Sean learned about hard work and the value of a dollar at an early age. Now that he owns his own small business, he is constantly searching for new ways to increase revenue and lower expenses.  Tarwater makes it a practice to shop his vendors every six months. This decreases unnecessary expenses and provides more efficient solutions without sacrificing quality.  Sean will install the same practice for the state of Kansas.  Too many of the politicians have forgotten these simple principles. The state government’s spending habits and budget gimmicks are hurting Kansas taxpayers and costing us jobs and opportunity. We need a representative who understands the principles of fiscal responsibility and will take a stand against the career politicians. Bringing reason and common sense back to the budget process will ensure success.

Sean will fight for taxpayers. He will focus on protecting our tax dollars by finding efficiencies and work to create jobs. At the state level, revenue comes from adding jobs, increasing consumer spending, or increasing taxes.  Kansas recently issued the largest sales tax increase in history and we are still falling short.  Tarwater knows we need more jobs and more consumers spending in Kansas.

Create Jobs

Sean is focused on job creation. As a fiscal conservative and small business owner, he knows what it takes to create jobs. Currently Kansas ranks among the worst in job creation, causing a shortfall in revenues.  This, in turn, puts pressure on the legislators to make cuts that hurt schools and cause our infrastructure to suffer. Sean will go to Topeka to be a helping hand and lend an ear to our local businesses that are working every day to grow and create jobs in our community. Job creation will be a top priority for Sean Tarwater. He will start by protecting the funds in KDOT and bring back much needed construction jobs.  He will protect our businesses from burdensome government regulations at both the state and federal levels. This will encourage small businesses to come to Kansas and allow our current small business to grow.

Improve Education

Sean believes a world-class education is the best way we can prepare our children for today’s workforce. He insists that we have an obligation to provide our children the most effective education we can. Sean will support policies that yield excellent, unique learning opportunities at all grade levels and will advocate for local control of our schools.  Sean’s and his wife, Lexie, both come from families of teachers and they understand how great teachers are and what they mean to the community.  Sean will show his appreciation for teachers by championing his HERO bill. During his terms on the Finance Council at his children’s school, Sean learned how school budgets work, how to fight for additional funding when needed, and how to make every dollar count.  He will certainly have this in mind as he helps schools and teachers get the funding that is much deserved. Sean sat down with Dr. Todd White, the Superintendent of the Blue Valley School District and Tarwater vowed to work hand in hand with Dr. White and other Superintendents to find a fair and equitable solution to their needs. We need a legislator that will work with constituents, area school boards, Superintendents, and fellow lawmakers to develop a funding program that works and will not be in constant litigation.  Sean is proud to have recently earned the endorsement of SAND UP BLUE VALLEY for his views on schools.

Transportation/ infrastructure

Kansas needs to protect the funds in KDOT and use them for their intended purpose. This will create thousands of private sector jobs and save Kansas taxpayers in the long run.

Over the last six years, Kansas politicians have robbed the KDOT funds of over $2 billion and continue to sweep $1 million dollars a day from the road programs. This foolishness costs Kansas thousands of private sector jobs that have ultimately gone to bordering states. Those businesses need work and they can’t find it in Kansas.  The loss of these jobs resulted in a loss of revenue for Kansas.  Proper funding of the road programs will bring these private sector jobs back to Kansas. Doing this will generate revenue for other Kansas businesses. The construction workers that come back to Kansas will pay income tax and will spend money on hotels, food and other expenses. By bringing these jobs back to Kansas, we affect both sides of the revenue solution for Kansas (income taxes and consumption taxes).

The future of the Kansas economy is uncertain. We continue to sweep funds away from road programs to allocate for other expenses.  As a direct result, companies are afraid to hire new employees or increase any of their spending budgets.  If we protect the KDOT funds, we will bring back the confidence these companies need to begin to grow again.  The resulting revenue will positively affect the entire state of Kansas.

Finally, Kansas is missing an excellent opportunity to save money with cheap raw materials such as the price of oil.  Kansas should have maintained 1200 miles of roads this year, but because of cuts, only maintained about 200 miles.  The lack of maintenance will cause greater road issues in the future. This means it will cost more to maintain the same stretch of road.  When you consider the cost of oil and raw materials increasing, the costs compound quickly. We need to protect these funds and maintain our great roads and bridges.

Pro-Life

Sean is a pro-life conservative and will fight to protect the lives of the born and unborn in the state of Kansas. He will encourage the funding of other options for helping both men and women cope with an unexpected pregnancy.  Sean is very proud that he has recently earned the endorsement of KANSANS FOR LIFE!

Quality Health Care

All Kansans deserve access to quality health care. Obamacare is not the answer and will continue to hurt small businesses, individuals, and our overall economy. Sean will work to find solutions to these problems and bring quality health care to the people of Kansas.

2nd Amendment Rights

Sean supports gun owners and will stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights.  Sean is rated B+ by the NRA and will work with them to protect Kansan’s 2nd amendment rights.

TRANSPARENCY

Sean Tarwater believes that an informed community makes the best decisions and is vital to a democracy’s success. By bringing transparency to Topeka, our representatives will no longer be able to say one thing and do another.  We need our representatives to be accountable to their constituents. In order to get unpopular agenda items through, the Topeka politicians bundle bills together. By bundling, they force representatives to vote for bills their constituents would otherwise not want.  Bundling bills together may also cause representatives to overlook an agenda item that their constituents need.

Representative John Rubin from the 18th district believes in transparency just as Sean Tarwater does and has been fighting to make Topeka more transparent.  Representative Rubin championed the “Rubin Rules” that require the following: Record all votes, bundle no bills, no midnight sessions, and live streaming of committee meetings.  John was able to get the live streaming but was met with stiff opposition from his colleges. Some legislators would rather you not know what is going on in Topeka.  When you elect Sean Tarwater he will continue Representative Rubin’s fight for transparency in Topeka.