Archive for Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Incumbent Republican hopes to win seventh term

June 2, 2004

State Rep. Ken Wilk, R-Lansing, has filed for a seventh term in office.

Wilk has represented District 42 constituents in the Kansas House of Representatives since 1993.

One of the primary reasons he's running for re-election, Wilk said, is so he can continue work on the Kansas Economic Growth Act.

The Kansas Economic Growth Act aims to assist in starting start and diversifying the Kansas economy by fostering entrepreneurship, as well as investing in and building the Kansas bioscience economy.

"It's a major economic initiative," Wilk said. "It's kind of a fundamental shift in the whole strategy for the state. ... Our objective is to create a whole new major segment of the Kansas economy."

And, Wilk said, school finance continues to loom as a major issue in the next legislative session.

"I am confident that the Supreme Court is going to rule at least part of the school funding formula unconstitutional, so we will be rewriting school finance," Wilk said.

The current school funding formula was written in 1992, Wilk said, when two-thirds of the school districts in the state had increasing enrollments.

"Now, two-thirds of the districts have decreasing enrollments and the formula just isn't working for them," Wilk said.

There will be difficult decisions to make, he said.

"There's nothing easy about writing school finance," Wilk said. "You truly get to see the entire state -- it's not a partisan issue -- it's a geographical issue."

Wilk works for Hallmark Cards, where he has been employed for 26 years. He and his wife, Darlene, have a 5-year-old son, William.

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