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Tim Snow wants to put brakes on governor’s agenda

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 6:39 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 6:52 a.m.

Senate District 25, Democratic primary

Perry Schuckman

Age: 53

Occupation: Executive director of a Kansas nonprofit organization

Education: Master’s in public administration, Wichita State University; bachelor’s, San Jose State University

Experience: None

Phone: 316-648-8496

Email: SchuckmanforSenate@Yahoo.com

Website: www.SchuckmanforSenate.org

What specific changes would you make to provide more good-paying and fulfilling jobs for Kansans?

Reducing the tax burden on middle income earners will immediately stimulate growth in markets that are natural to Kansas, i.e. agriculture. Building economic sectors with similar employee skill needs will assure a competitive job market and student loan programs that are affordable will improve employable skills to generate export income.

What further changes, if any, would you advocate in the state’s tax laws?

As a fiscal conservative, I favor lower taxes and believe government should be smaller. Reducing taxes on the middle and low income earners would be most beneficial to Kansas because it would help stimulate use of our natural resources and increase employee productivity.

How would you change the state’s laws or budget to improve K-12 education?

Educating young Kansans should not be based on confrontation between legislators and teachers. Legislators are looked upon to be leaders; cease with the anger and find ways to educate our youth built on best practices and adaptability in a rapidly changing society. Forcing teachers to fund their classroom is so very wrong.

Timothy Snow

Age: 46

Occupation: Ran several small businesses, now a full-time student

Education: Attending Wichita State University.

Experience: None

Phone: 316-530-1455

E-mail: tsnow@snow4kansas.org

Website: www.snow4kansas.org

What specific changes would you make to provide more good-paying and fulfilling jobs for Kansans?

I will seek to expand job training opportunities in areas of growing employment, such as alternative energy.

What further changes, if any, would you advocate in the state’s tax laws?

Reduction in homeowners’ property taxes.

How would you change the state’s laws or budget to improve K-12 education?

Education is the No. 1 priority for the future of our children and our state. Kansas should lead the nation in funding our education system.

Tim Snow, a 46-year-old former businessman and current full-time college student, said that for the last several years he has just been “learning and studying while taking my son through adolescence.”

If that doesn’t sound like much of a background for the Kansas Senate, Snow has a ready response:

“Name one credential that I’m lacking that prohibits me from doing a better job than a majority of sitting state senators. On my worst day I would do a better job than most of the senators,” he said.

Snow is facing Perry Schuckman in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the District 25 seat. The winner will face Libertarian Dave Thomas and the winner of the Republican primary between incumbent Jean Schodorf and Michael O’Donnell in the general election in November.

Snow said he filed to run because he was upset when lawmakers passed the voter photo-ID law pushed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which he said will disenfranchise some voters He also filed to offer a Democratic alternative in case Schodorf loses to O’Donnell in the primary.

District 25 is a moderate, not a conservative, district, he said, and he wants the Senate to be controlled by moderates.

“I’m just appalled at the very idea that my district may be the district that falls and tips the balance to the conservatives in the Senate,” Snow said.

He is out to limit Gov. Sam Brownback’s “extreme agenda,” he said, adding that the governor is detached from the average citizen.

“A lot of people have been tricked into thinking that what he wants to do is in their best interest, when it’s the opposite of their best interests,” Snow said.

The recently passed tax package lowers individual income taxes and eliminates taxes on the profits business owners get from limited liability companies, subchapter S corporations and sole proprietorships. That will increase the growing tax disparity between the lowest and highest wage earners, he said, and it won’t create new jobs.

Snow said a brother who has several small businesses that will benefit from tax breaks plans to use the extra money to take a vacation out of state, not hire new workers. Snow said his brother agrees with him that the tax breaks are unfair and that they won’t stimulate job growth.

Snow, a father of two children, was born in California but moved to Wichita at age 11 after his parents divorced. He earned a GED and served in the Kansas Army National Guard. He owned a carpet cleaning business and a commercial cleaning business in Wichita, and later had a tobacco and bait shop in Council Grove, where he lived for 10 years before returning to Wichita about 3 1/2 years ago.

Snow said he closed the carpet cleaning business after losing interest in it.. He closed the commercial cleaning business when TWA, one of his major clients, went bankrupt. The business had cleaned the airline’s gate at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.

He closed the tobacco and bait shop in Council Grove after a national chain opened a tobacco business nearby, he said.

Morris County court records show that the Kansas Revenue Department issued a warrant on the bait shop in 2005 for back taxes, but Snow said the lien was an error and the state ended up refunding him $4,000 for overpayments he had made.

Snow is a full-time student at Wichita State University seeking a degree in social work. He is living off his savings and some loans, he said.

He would be a quiet voice of reason and civility in Topeka, Snow said. He would be able to nudge senators who are on the fence about an issue to vote for reasonable and fair legislation.

He is happy that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act. The night he declared his candidacy, one of his brothers, Jon, died at age 44 of a seizure disorder. Snow said his brother might have lived if he’d had enough money to take an ambulance to the emergency room earlier that day when he wasn’t feeling well. Instead, he stayed home and went to bed.

Snow said Jon, who was disabled by the disorder and couldn’t work, didn’t want to pay the expense of taking an ambulance to the hospital earlier that day when he wasn’t feeling well. Instead, he stayed home and went to bed.

Snow said people aren’t getting adequate medical attention in this country, and he blames Republicans.

“If their agenda continues, more people will die, literally die, from lack of proper preventive care and lack of proper medicine,” Snow said.

Reach Fred Mann at 316-268-6310 or fmann@wichitaeagle.com.

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