Welcome to 2013!
We at Americans for Prosperity-Kansas wish you a Happy New Year, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with our activists, legislators, and statewide officials toward a prosperous 2013.
Throughout the 2013 legislative session, expect Americans for Prosperity to have a presence under the dome in Topeka. We will work on your behalf to support common sense legislation that promotes free markets, lower taxes and less government. We’ll also let you know when it’s important to contact your legislator, and we’ll give you the tools to do so through our action alerts.
Lower taxes, spending reductions, uniform budget reporting, taxpayer funded lobbying reform and judicial reform continue to be a part of our legislative agenda again in 2013. Additionally, we support the Electricity Freedom Act and we will oppose any state effort to create an Obamacare exchange in Kansas.
For more information and to read the full 2013 AFP-Kansas Legislative Agenda, click here.
AFP Reaction to State of the State
TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement in response Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State Address last night:
“Americans for Prosperity-Kansas continues to support the eventual elimination of the income tax in Kansas, and we applaud Gov. Brownback for making this a priority in 2013,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “We would support a trigger mechanism for future rate reductions in the proposal rather than legislators continuing to seek a reduction in the rate every year.
“We have no doubt that continued reductions in the income tax rate will help create economic activity, expand the tax base and create jobs.
“We’re coming off a years-long cycle in which excessive government spending stifled Kansas families and resulted in stagnant population growth, taxpayers migrating to other states, and the loss of tens of thousands of private sector jobs. The Governor said it best when he pointed out that some choose to grow spending rather than jobs.
“We look forward to working with legislators and the Governor in the coming session on other important areas of reform such as judicial selection – giving citizens of Kansas more direct input in the judges who sit on the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals. Senate confirmation or elections of judges would certainly create a more transparent process that is accountable to the people.”
School Choice Week
AFP-Kansas and other organizations will be marking National School Choice Week (Jan. 27 – Feb. 2) by participating in the Whistle Stop Train Tour in Topeka on Jan. 28.
From Los Angeles to New York, with 14 stops, the National School Choice Week Special will bring messages of hope and optimism from coast to coast.
The NSCW Special will go through Topeka on Jan. 28. You are invited to join AFP-Kansas, Kansas Policy Institute, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, FreedomWorks, Kansas Catholic Conference, and K12 for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at Great Overland Station. For details, or to request a ticket, click here.
Letter of Support to Congressman Pompeo
Americans for Prosperity national policy director James Valvo has issued the following letter of support to Kansas 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo, supporting his proposed Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act.
Dear Representative Pompeo:
On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing in strong support of the Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (H.R. 259). Your bill will put a stop to the federal government’s harmful practice of meddling in the energy market by eliminating all energy tax credits, across the board.
For decades the federal government has tried to encourage the production of various energy sources by providing special tax benefits, research and development funding, grants, loan guarantees, and more. Despite the poor past performance of these subsidy programs, Washington shows few signs of stopping this practice. The fiscal cliff deal that marked the start of 2013 extended a number of these targeted subsidies and special interest handouts.
Your bill provides a free market solution that would allow energy companies to compete for consumers’ dollars on a level playing field. It eliminates credits for ethanol; for “green” technologies like wind, solar, and biodiesel; for nuclear power; for electric vehicles; for hydrogen fuel cells; and yes, even for fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas.
Read more of the letter here.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 2 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org.