GOP legislators offer Kansans “A Better Way” in 2023

(The Sentinel) – As the Kansas Legislature reconvenes, Republican leaders unveil their 2023 agenda, offering “A Better Way: Our Commitment to Kansas”

The eight-point plan ranges from a simpler tax code, more parental control of education, and free-market health care solutions to expanding job opportunities, making Kansans safer and protecting constitutional rights.

Incoming House Speaker Dan Hawkins says the GOP agenda rose from the grassroots:

“We asked people all over the state what’s important to them, and this is what they told us. We’re committed to those concerns – taxes and the economy, law and order, education, health care and individual liberties. A Better Way is our commitment to Kansans that we’re listening and we have a path forward.”

On the wide-ranging agenda:

For taxpayers:

  • A balanced budget that cuts wasteful spending, pays down debt and increases the state “rainy day fund”
  • Make the state tax code flatter and simpler to help families and businesses.
  • Reduce the tax burden on both retirees and families

For health care:

  • End costly mandates that drive up costs
  • Free-market solutions to high costs by promoting Health Savings Accounts

For students:

  • Expand educational opportunities beyond economic status or zip code
  • Pass Fairness in Women’s Sports, and Parents’ Bill of Rights
  • Focus on academic achievement, not radical ideology

For the economy:

  • Support and protect the fossil fuel industry
  • Enact reforms to lower energy rates
  • Prohibit state investment in entities owned or operated by hostile foreign governments

For jobseekers:

  • Make college more affordable, promote technical education
  • Support apprenticeship-to-licensure training and lower the cost of licensing fees.
  • Tighten eligibility for unemployment benefits

Preserving the safety net:

  • Enforce eligibility requirements for government assistance
  • Reject expansion of welfare to able-bodied adults until waiver waiting lists are eliminated
  • Protect children in the foster care system and invest in alternatives


  • Protect Kansas families and businesses from cyber-attacks and intellectual property theft by China
  • Strengthen laws that protect Kansans from violent and repeat offenders
  • Support Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and ensure the KHP is fully staffed and competently managed

Constitutional rights:

  • Safeguard elections
  • Respect and promote constitutional rights of all Kansans
  • Support a culture of life in Kansas and reduce abortions through support for crisis pregnancy centers and preserving protections

Senate President Ty Masterson summarizes the “Better Way”:

“Republicans are committed to a policy agenda that puts Kansans first by protecting our communities, honoring the value of work and ensuring our children have a bright future. While the governor’s party desires to expand government and impede freedom, our commitment to Kansans is truly a better way by expanding freedom and making Kansas a land of opportunity for all.”

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