Even after over 100 days of the 2017 legislative session, the four most urgent issues facing our state remain to be addressed:
Revenue policy that meets budget needs without endlessly increasing debt and stealing from retirement plans and highways funds, and that restores fiscal responsibility through equitable taxation,
A school funding formula that will fund our schools adequately and equitably and that will pass constitutional scrutiny,
Medicaid expansion that will support the health needs of the nearly 150,000 low-income people currently uninsured, and will assure access to health care in rural areas without bankrupting rural communities, and
Uphold the exemption from concealed carry for public college and university campuses, and state hospitals and community mental health centers, avoiding burdensome and unnecessary costs as well increased risks which would come otherwise.
In response, Kansas People's Agenda (the coalition of which KIFA is a part) will be holding a press conference on this Thursday, June 1, at noon in room 118-N in the State Capitol. Speakers will address these issues and call on lawmakers to end the session with progress toward solutions instead of stalemates and half-measures, and to begin to move Kansas onto a path where growth, prosperity and safety are possible for all Kansans. In other words - legislators, governor: "Time's up! Fix the Problems!"
If you can make it to the Capitol at noon on Thursday we invite you to stand with us. If you can't there's an action you can take: email or call legislative leadership asking them to: fix the budget and tax mess; fully fund public education; expand Medicaid; and exempt our campuses and state hospitals from concealed carry.
Speaker Ron Ryckman - firstname.lastname@example.org - 785 296-2302
Majority Leader Don Hineman - email@example.com - 785 296-7662
Senate President Susan Wagle - firstname.lastname@example.org - 785-296-2419
Majority Leader Jim Denning - email@example.com - 785-296-2497
Because of do-nothing majority leadership and a governor who won’t admit his policies have failed, the lack of progress on vital issues takes us further into a future where our children and most vulnerable in our state are left to shoulder the consequences of failed policies. So our message to leadership is simple: Time's Up! Fix the Problems!