Tom Sawyer

Information about State Representative Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer fights for Jobs in Wichita!       

As a youngster, Tom Sawyer started his own business selling candy and books from his room.  Years later, Tom would start his own successful small business.  He understands the value of hard work and good paying jobs. 

When Tom Sawyer previously served in the Kansas House he worked hard to bring jobs to Wichita. And when he found out the state of Kansas was out sourcing call center jobs to India, he offered an amendment in 2004 that put a stop to it!  Now when you call a state agency, a Kansan will answer the phone.

Now Tom would like to return to Topeka to help to once again bring more high paying jobs to Wichita.  He has a 9 point plan to help create more Kansas jobs.

Bringing High paying Aircraft Maintenance Jobs to Wichita!

Tom Sawyer helped pass a bill in 2004 that brought hundreds of new high paying aircraft maintenance jobs to Wichita.

Bringing New Bio Science Jobs to Wichita!

Tom Sawyer supported the 2004 Bio Sciences Bill that is already bringing new high paying jobs to Wichita and should bring a lot more in the future!

Bringing New Aviation jobs to Wichita!

In 2007 Tom Sawyer supported a bill to amend the Economic Revitalizationand Reinvestment Act that brought some new aviation jobs to Wichita and kept us from losing some of our current jobs in the Aviation industry. 

 Helping Small Businesses to succeed! 

Most new jobs in Kansas are created by small businesses.  Kansas has had an unfair tax that hit small businesses particularly hard- The Kansas Franchise Tax.  In 2007, Tom Sawyer supported a bill that cut this tax and began to phase it out.  Since 2011, this burden on small businesses is completely gone!

Helping laid off Workers by extending Unemployment benefits 

In 2020 Tom Sawyer worked across party lines to help pass a law that extends Kansas Unemployment benefits from 16 weeks to 26 weeks.  The bill also eliminated the one week waiting period, so that laid off workers could receive their benefits faster. 

Tom Sawyer's 9 point plan to help create jobs in Kansas

  • Provide income tax credits for workers enrolling in qualified training for aerospace jobs  Oklahoma already offers this program and it has been very successful.

  • Expand funding for workforce development programs, including Excel in CTE initiative, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) and apprenticeships

  • Grow the Kansas and local economy through applied research and private-public partnerships, like the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), university/business innovation programs (Wichita State's Innovation Campus), and the aviation pathway for high school students

  • Expand support for STEM learning initiatives- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), including support for computer science classes in schools

  •  Protect the Kansas Highway Program, which will create over 175,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

  •  Offer tax credits to small businesses that offer apprenticeship programs.

  •  Create resources for small businesses to promote equality and remove economic barriers

  • Pass criminal justice reform that includes enhanced re-entry programs that will encourage and  provide the support that ex-offenders need to  successfully re-enter the workforce.

  • Promote Wind Energy in Kansas.  Since we passed the Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2009, 13,000 new wind energy jobs have been created in Kansas.  We have the 3rd most amount of wind than any state in the Union..  We need to take full advantage of this natural resource.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom Sawyer has worked hard over the years to bring more jobs to Wichita and Kansas.  His work has earned him the endorsement of both the Greater Wichita Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Federation of Labor. 

Today's Stock quotes:

Tom Sawyer, age 7 at work in his store in his room.