The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity formed in 2004, as part of an effort to fight a massive tax increase proposed by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
To date, AFP-Kansas has nearly 44,000 members across the Sunflower State and more than 2,000 donors, and is actively involved in educating Kansans about state spending and tax policy, as will as getting involved in the public policy debate down to the local and up to the national level.
During the fall of 2010, AFP-Kansas was very involved in the November Is Coming campaign, with the NIC Bus rolling into Overland Park in September. About 130 Kansans showed up to sign the November Is Coming petition, volunteer to help with our issue education campaign, and to fight big government policies.
We started off the New Year with the introduction of AFP-Kansas podcasts so anyone can follow AFP-Kansas news at their own convenience. We issued our first news release of the year following Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address and budget release, and we will continue to update our members, elected officials and the media about issues that matter to AFP throughout the 2011 Legislative Session.
In 2012, Wichita citizens voted against big government, defeating a guest tax subsidy which would have amounted to roughly $2.25 million in guest tax revenues over the next 15 years. This success was due in large part to the work of Americans for Prosperity.
We have a very active chapter in Wichita that holds several meetings a month, and offers programs such as our Local Government 101 course, which teaches civic involvement at the local level. We are currently looking to further develop our Topeka chapter, and chapters in other areas with a strong interest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help set up a chapter in your community.
Our local chapters have also sponsored Friedman Legacy of Freedom luncheons every July, and screenings of various films such as Not Evil Just Wrong, Flunked, The Call of the Entrepreneur, and Begging for Billionaires.
We have also worked with a Kansas accountant to conduct audits of numerous local budgets, and to help us present model budgets at the state and local level.