Yesterday we announced plans to attempt to overturn part of the incentive package approved by the Wichita City Council for a private development in downtown Wichita.
Many Wichita residents have already responded, ready to join our efforts in fighting the charter ordinance allowing the hotel developers to collect a guest tax from hotel patrons while keeping most of the funds collected for their own use. We appreciate the quick response from so many of you!
We are not allowed to begin collecting signatures on the protest petition until the final publication of the ordinance in The Wichita Eagle on Sept. 30. The petition will be available starting on that day, and we will continue the petition drive for the next 60 days.
In the meantime, any questions about the petition can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more about the issue here.
AFP-Kansas Johnson County Chapter will be meeting at 6pm on Sept. 16 at Uncle Bucks Grill in Olathe (12051 Renner Blvd., next to Bass Pro Shop). The meeting will feature Bill Dallas, with United in Purpose, to discuss strategies for voter registration and how to follow through to make sure newly registered voters turn out at the polls.
We'll start with dinner at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 6:30pm. The only cost of the meeting is the price of your meal.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact AFP Field Director Jim Mullins at email@example.com.
On Sept. 13 the Wichita City Council will be holding a public hearing to consider approval of millions of dollars of public incentives being offered to the downtown Douglas Place project developers.
Join us at 7pm Sept. 1 at Mike's Steakhouse (2131 S. Broadway, Wichita) for a citizen's call to action.
* Learn about the incentive programs being offered.
* Getting involved in this issue as a citizen.
* Consider testifying before the City Council.
* Consider attending the council meeting to show your support for other speakers.
* Participate in a group discussion regarding other citizen activism ideas regarding this project.
Seminar leaders: Bob Weeks, Susan Estes, and John Todd
The only cost of this meeting is the price of your meal. For additional information please contact: John Todd, Wichita AFP volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Estes, AFP Field Director at email@example.com.
Health Insurance Exchanges Attack Free Market Principles
AFP Kansas opposes the formation of a government exchange in the state of Kansas. While in theory exchanges can be neutral and promote free markets, in reality they often are tied to government regulations and restrictions that attack free market principles. AFP will oppose government exchange legislation expected to be debated during the 2012 legislative session. In addition, we are opposed to the state of Kansas seeking federal grants through non-legislative routes that are designed to implement or help establish a government exchange in Kansas. If there is any uncertainty as to whether the acceptance of a federal grant binds the state of Kansas to subsequently set up a government exchange, then the grant should not be sought, plain and simple.
The Wichita Area Chapter of AFP-Kansas will meet at 7pm on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Alford Branch of the Wichita Public Library (3447 S. Meridian). The meeting will take place in the library's meeting room.
We'll be watching an hour-long DVD by the Acton Institute, The Birth of Freedom, followed by a group discussion.
For additional information on this program please contact Wichita AFP volunteer coordinator John Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org or AFP Field Director Susan Estes at email@example.com.