RELEASE: Schmidt endorsed by Kansas Chamber PAC, NFIB PAC

TOPEKA – (September 9, 2022) – Kansas Attorney General and Republican Nominee for Governor Derek Schmidt has been endorsed by the state’s two biggest associations representing Kansas job creators, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee and the National Federation of Independent Business Kansas Political Action Committee. 

“I’m proud to receive the support of the Chamber and NFIB, the strongest voices for Kansas job creators,” Schmidt said. “Kansas can do so much better when it comes to job creation, workforce development, and wage growth – all of which have stagnated under Governor Kelly. I look forward to working hand in hand with them to make sure Kansas is the best place to start and grow a small business in America.” 

Alan Cobb, the Chamber’s President and CEO, offered the following statement: 

“It is important that Kansans have elected leaders who support an environment that doesn’t hinder our businesses from competing across the country and around the world,” Cobb said. “Derek Schmidt understands the fundamental role business plays in the economic health of our state. He is the best choice for Kansas, its citizens, and its businesses.”

Dan Murray, NFIB Kansas State Director, offered the following statement: 

“Derek has demonstrated a deep commitment to protecting small businesses from burdensome taxes and overreaching regulations,” Murray said. “During his time in the Kansas Senate and as Attorney General, he has shown us he understands the challenges facing Kansas’s job creators and will do everything he can to create an environment where small businesses can continue to grow and create jobs.”

Because of Kelly’s policies, the Kansas economy ranks among the worst in the country. 

During the pandemic, Kelly’s lockdowns killed 157,000 jobs, and one in five of them still haven’t come back despite most other states and the county as a whole having recovered all jobs lost. Kansas ranks 44th out of 50 states in America in pandemic job recovery.

On overall economic growth, Kansas ranked 48th of 50 states in 2021, and ranked 40th of 50 states in growth over the two year period between 2020 and 2021.

Schmidt has proposed “Retire Tax Free”, a plan to eliminate state income tax on Social Security, pensions, 401k’s, IRA’s, annuities and other retirement vehicles to grow Kansas and address the economic stagnation, population decline, and outmigration that have been hallmarks of Kelly’s tenure.