Looking to the coming session of the Kansas House of Representatives, Bud Estes, who represents the 119th district, sees a number of legislative priorities.
Discussing the Common Core education standards, Estes said that he can see both the good and the bad. He also noted the importance of an issue on education funding that has gone all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court.
“Nobody in the legislature wants to short education because we all realize how important education is to our state,” Estes said.
As for the mortgage registration fee, Estes sides with the counties, saying that removing the fee would be harmful to their budgets.
“I totally understand what this does to counties’ budgets if that were just gone,” Estes said. “One, it would create pretty good hardship on counties… If you take that kind of money away in just one fall swoop it’s pretty hard to make that up.”
Estes is a member of the agriculture and natural resources committee. He said there is concern with government involvement in the lesser prairie chicken.
“That could be a very serious problem for western Kansas if the federal government comes in and declares it an endangered species,” Estes said.
Estes also mentioned water as an important issue. As for Dodge City, he said that an important topic will be keeping the Amtrak going through town.
“I think it’s important to Dodge and Garden and we need to keep it here,” Estes said. “I’m certainly willing to look at and discuss all the options that might be necessary.”
“I think Dodge City’s future is really quite bright,” he added. “There are things in the works that will be very beneficial to our area. Dodge has a lot going for it and we need to build and grow on that and we will.”