Bruce Hanson will run for 47th district House seat
Bruce Hanson, a 30-year Jefferson County cattle rancher and small businessman, has announced his candidacy for the 47th District in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Hanson states he is running for the state legislature to stand up to Gov. Brownback’s radical policies, stating that the few dissenting Republican moderates left in Topeka are powerless to stand up to the Brownback administration.
“Brownback is intent on imposing a radical political agenda on the people of Kansas,” said Hanson. “His policies the last two years as Governor have proven that his loyalties lie with wealthy donors, not the people of Kansas.”
“Over the past several weeks we have seen how those wealthy enough to buy political influence can obtain tax breaks for themselves. That power and influence must be challenged,” said Hanson.
Hanson said Gov. Brownback’s agenda affects the lives and future of every Kansas family.
“His radical policies have reduced opportunity for children all across Kansas,” he said. “His tax shift will burden all taxpayers with enormous deficits.”
“We don’t need another rubber stamp representing us in Topeka; we need someone who will stand up against the extremist policies of this administration,” said Hanson. “I will take on Brownback and let him know that we won’t stand for Kansas families being sold to the highest bidder.”
A Democrat, he last ran for the office in 2002.
Bruce Hanson has operated a cow-calf ranch throughout his time living in Jefferson County. He also has practiced law in Kansas and Missouri, with nearly all of his clients being small businesses. He now calls himself a “semi-retired lawyer.” Hanson is also a businessman and entrepreneur, active in organizing and managing a start-up business manufacturing equipment for food safety and pollution control. The product’s success has led to domestic and international sales.
Hanson has two children who received all of their pre-college education at Oskaloosa Public Schools. His son, Derek, 29, lives in the area and is about to begin a teaching fellowship in Texas to educate underserved communities. His daughter, Lacey, 27, manages media relations for the faith-based human rights organization International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C.
In making the announcement, Hanson listed the following issues on which he is basing his campaign:
- Gov. Brownback’s tax program is intended to cut taxes for the Koch brothers and his other rich friends, while making it impossible for county governments to provide basic services without raising property taxes. Rich people are doing just fine without another tax cut. It is the property tax in Kansas which is already too high, skyrocketing 65 percent over the last decade.
- Make educating our children a top priority to equip them for success in a 21st century economy. When Brownback came into office he proposed the largest cut in financing for education in the history of Kansas. The state budget cuts to education which were meant to be temporary measures in response to the Great Recession now are to be the permanent funding level for schools. Under Gov. Brownback’s education finance plan, only Kansas children living in affluent districts will be given the best tools to succeed. We need to make education a priority, and instill in the children of our community the desire to be lifelong learners. All children in our state deserve the chance to reach their potential, regardless of their family’s income.
- Protect Kansas jobs, but do so in ways which maintain the integrity of businesses. Gov. Brownback got snookered by Boeing, which negotiated for special tax breaks and then moved those jobs out of Kansas. His administration has even sought an exemption from federal law so that Kansas businesses can freely hire illegal aliens! Gov. Brownback’s education budget will not even create the educated workforce which business needs. The current Legislature has not enacted even one program to bring jobs to the 90,000 Kansans still out of work.
- Ensure the most vulnerable in our communities are not unfairly impacted by the need to balance the budget. The Brownback budget proposed cuts to services for those among us with the greatest needs, including people who are disabled so severely that they qualify for nursing home admission. That is simply cruel and unnecessary. There are ways to balance the budget which will not cause undue harm to those least able to fend for themselves.
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