Troy understands agriculture, as he continues to work on his family’s farm. He credits working for his father and uncle in building his strong work ethic. The agricultural industry is a catalyst for many of our communities in Central and Western Kansas and there needs to be legislation that protects this vital part of our communities and economy.
The economy of the 109th District is dominated by Agriculture and Oil. These industries are pivotal in creating jobs and the livelihood of those in Central and Western Kansas. Although these are the prominent industries in our District, they also dominate the overall local economy. Communities have cooperatives, stores and schools because of their presence. Troy works on his family’s farm and with local small businesses with financing, job creation and finding a place in their community. He realizes that a strong economy thrives on job creation and small businesses being successful.
This is the largest budget item for the State of Kansas. In the past few years, Education has endured financial cuts which have not only impacted the youth of Kansas, but also jobs and communities. We have experienced consolidations, closures and staff reductions. Troy supports adequate funding for our schools in Kansas and believes that the funding requirements should be set by the Legislature and not by the courts.
Troy has worked on the boards of the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce and Russell Main Street, Inc. to enhance businesses and create jobs. The promotion of small businesses in our communities is pivotal to the 109th District. He supports the Rural Opportunity Zone because it gives those with a desire to live in Rural Kansas an incentive to move back to Central and Western Kansas.
Energy production is a key element of our local economy. Troy has been involved in the oil business and understands the aspects of exploration, drilling and completion. These businesses create a great number of jobs for the citizens of the 109th District and it is important to ensure that the state’s tax policies continue to encourage investment in this industry.