Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) at Stakeout: South-Central Kansas is Better Off Now

At home, Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) spends his time traveling all over his district. During his August Better Off Now tour, he met with people from many different backgrounds to learn more about the impact Republican policies have had on their lives.

After more than 40 meetings, it is clear that Kansans in his district are optimistic about their futures and feeling the positive effects of tax reform and other important legislation. For more information about how the American people are Better Off Now than they were two years ago, visit

Rep. Estes’s Remarks:

“I want to talk this morning about how folks in my district in south-central Kansas are Better Off Now because of some of the great things we’ve done. As I went through the district throughout the month of August, and focused on how individuals’ lives, how businesses, how farmers, how our veterans are Better Off. We focused on seeing the difference between having an economy that only grew at 1.9 percent during the Obama administration vs. now, growing at 4.2 percent.

“What that’s translated into is more opportunities, more jobs, more benefits for people in my district. We’ve had, in Kansas, over 24 businesses that have publicly announced they’ve given bonuses or pay raises to their employees. One of the businesses in my state, a local community-based bank…is one of the recent ones that announced they’re giving $1,000 bonuses for each employee. Just this summer, they’ve announced that. In August, I met with them and we talked with some of their employees and the leadership team there. Their message there was that without the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, they wouldn’t have been able to do that. They wouldn’t have been able to give that benefit to their employees. What we’re seeing is that the money that employees are getting can then be turned around in the community — buying an automobile, taking the family out to dinner, saving for retirement, saving for the college education for their kids.

“Wichita Railway Systems, which is a local railroad car supplier, announced what we think are the largest bonuses — $3,000-$6,000 to their employees. It’s a small distribution company that helps make sure our economy keeps moving forward. There’s just so much now with the economic growth that rail lines are increasing the amount of traffic they have, and they’ve seen an uptick in business from that standpoint.”

“…our economy is Better Off Now. My district in south-central Kansas is Better Off Now. And the country is Better Off Now because of some of the things we’ve done over the past year and a half. And I appreciate the opportunity to talk about some of the great things going on in my district.”

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