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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Ewy focuses on families

  • When it comes to the coming session of the Kansas House of Representatives, John Ewy says his top priority is Kansas families.

    “I think about that every time I sit down and there’s a bill to vote on,” Ewy said. “Number one, how is it going to affect the 117th district? How is it going to affect families?”
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  • When it comes to the coming session of the Kansas House of Representatives, John Ewy says his top priority is Kansas families. “I think about that every time I sit down and there’s a bill to vote on,” Ewy said. “Number one, how is it going to affect the 117th district? How is it going to affect families?” “When I think of children and families I do think of education and workforce development and growing this Kansas economy,” he added. Pivotal to this session’s work on education will result from the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision over education funding. Ewy said that the issue comes down to a waiting game at this time, but that senators and representatives are widely concerned with how to handle the court’s decision once it has been made. “That issue is on every senator and state representative’s mind because right now it’s in the court’s hands,” Ewy said. “Now we’re waiting to hear their final decision.” Another crucial education issue is Common Core, a state-led undertaking to set standards for students in grades Kindergarten through 12. The initiative is divisive, but Ewy sees it as more positive than negative. “I have a lot of family members that are involved in education and I have a lot of family members in K through 12 education, and in my conversations with them… is it perfect? Probably not,” Ewy said. “But I am told by them that they have more of an opportunity to teach critical thinking skills.” Ewy is on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee. He praised K-State Research and Extension for what it is doing in rural areas, including proposed drones for agricultural use. As for the mortgage registration fee issue, Ewy said he is in support of the counties. “I don’t want anything that causes us to raise property taxes in any way, shape or form,” he said. “I hope and pray we can continue to grow this economy,” he added. “I’m just concerned about helping keep our families afloat and keeping our small towns alive.”

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