Name: Bill Rhiley
Position you are running for: Kansas House of Representatives, District 80
How long have you lived in the district you wish to represent?
I have lived in Kansas for 35 years, lived in the district for 14 years by Wellington, married to Diana, 3 boys, 4 granddaughters, Graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Education, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Nebraska, Masters of Special Education degree from Southwestern College in Winfield.
My work background is teaching Business and Computer class at the high school level, working as a computer system integrator traveling around the U.S., and teaching for several years then retiring as a Special Education teacher. We currently own 2 small businesses, a Bed & Breakfast in Wellington and a newspaper covering Belle Plaine and Oxford. I am a member of the Wellington, Ark City, Belle Plaine, and Oxford Chamber of Commerces.
Why did you choose to run for this position?
Kansas is a great state and I want to help make it a better state for ourselves and the future generations. Government must defend the good and lead by example. We must respect life, protect our rights, and respect the tax payers by striving to improve everyday.
I believe government can improve and will respectfully serve the people of our District by working for that purpose each and every day.
I have been interested in local and county politics, and the process of having our high school students be more active citizens by being more involved in Local and State government. I want to bring a conservative voice back to the 80th District.
I am running to offer our district principled conservative representation that focuses on improving government, not growing it.
What changes, if any, would you make to the calculation used to determine funding amounts for Kansas schools?
I would make the education funding contract with the Local school districts easy enough that a 6th-grader that “meets math standards” can explain the formula. Keep it Simple.
What is your stance on the Second Amendment (in detail, please)? What regulations you think would be appropriate regarding carrying rights for 18- to 21-year-olds?
I am a very strong advocate of the second amendment and the right to self defense. I have been endorsed with an A rating from the Kansas NRA.
If a 18-21 is registered to vote, and signed up at 18 to serve in the military, they are full filling the role of a citizen. They should have the same rights as all Kansas citizens to own and bear arms.
Are you in favor of expanding KanCare? If you support KanCare expansion, please explain how would you propose funding it.
No. More government is not the answer and, as seen in other states, expansion of Government Health Care causes more problems than it solves. I am not in favor of expanding KanCare. I do support the current KanCare system as a safety net for those that are elderly and disabled.
The medical industry has too much red tape and financial strings connected to the government which restrict ingenuity. Innovations in the medical industry continue to prove more efficient and affordable, and we must look that direction for solutions for a real sustainable future.
Businesses either improve or they fail. The medical industry needs innovation, not more government involvement to allow stable services in the future so that people can afford health care and not rely on KanCare and other programs that continually over-promise and under-deliver.
The Kansas City Star recently was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for its investigative piece that provided evidence that Kansas is one of the least transparent states in the nation. Sunshine laws are put in place to allow citizens access to open records, as well as provide guidelines for how entities have to respond to requests for information, so citizens can be aware of where their tax money is going. In light of these findings, what are your proposals for making Kansas a more transparent state?
As a newspaper Publisher and Editor, is seems that there has been a thick curtain between school boards, city councils, township boards, county commissioners, State Boards, Committees, and State Organizations.
If there was no curtain between the media and the Boards and the media reported information that the public needed to support the Boards, we could have 100% transparency.
If the professional media was part of the executive sessions, they could have a voice in deciding what was needed to be kept private based on Trade secrets, Employee privacy, and public welfare.
How would you propose encouraging entrepreneurship in Kansas? How would you propose encouraging residents to support small businesses that already exist in the state?
Businesses must have a stable and honest environment to grow. The government can help by keeping taxes low, reducing regulations, and providing a dependable infrastructure.
We have a choice in Kansas. Do we want better government, or more government? If elected, I will work to protect our culture, defend our rights, and make government work better for the people of Kansas. I would appreciate your vote on August 7th.
This information was provided by Bill Rhiley, R-Wellington, who is seeking his first two-year term in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 80.