ECONOMY

KANSAS' ECONOMY I...

The Kansas economy is not only stagnant, it is worsening....we are losing jobs, the middle class (which supports Kansas businesses) is declining, quality healthcare services and quality public education are on the decline (which is a disincentive for businesses moving to or staying in Kansas). Eliminating taxes for LLC and other businesses in Kansas (which includes some of the states LARGEST businesses) has led to budgets that are not balanced, income projections that are not met (71 million dollars less in May 2016 & another 33 million dollars in June 2016 alone!), unfair tax increases for Kansas middle-class citizens, an almost insurmountable new state debt, stagnant business and economic growth, a dramatic decline in health services for Kansas citizens and those who are disabled, and the raiding of the Kansas Highway fund. This must be stopped!!Some rich citizens in Kansas may be getting richer and paying fewer taxes, but it's on the backs of the middle class and the working poor who've seen their taxes increase! Kansas' bonds have been downgraded! The Kansas legislature and governor have robbed funds earmarked for children's education and services, healthcare and Medicaid reimbursements, transportation and highway funds. They've even borrowed on future earnings and teachers' pensions....a sure sign of potential insolvency. THIS MUST BE STOPPED...and the business tax exemptions must be rolled back. Kansas is going bankrupt.

EDUCATION

SUPPORT PUBLIC ED...

We must support high-quality Kansas public education...it is an investment in our state's future! The state legislature has dramatically reduced dollars for education (despite the quotes from many Republicans), voted for a block grant system for school funding that the state Supreme Court has ruled is not equitable, and has put our children at risk of public school closings! We must restore Kansas' reputation for quality schools!!

HEALTHCARE

31 KANSAS HOSPITA...

It's true---31 hospitals in Kansas are at risk of closure (sources: Kansas Hospital Association). Especially rural hospitals. Why? Because Kansas has chosen not to expand Medicaid, unlike most other states. This should not be a partisan conversation---both Republicans and Democrats support this expansion. While Kansans are paying for this expansion in other states, we are not receiving any of that money. Kansas hospitals, along with Kansas' working poor, are hurting from Governor Brownback's refusal to even consider the subject. Medicaid reimbursements have declined and hospitals are paying the price. Our state has lost $1.7 million in the past 4 years thanks to the Governor's decision. Arkansas expanded Medicaid in 2013 and has seen a dramatic economic boon...and almost every Arkansan is insured. Hospitals, medical staff, and the Kansas Medical Society support this....and Kansas citizens should too.