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AFP Newsletter: Will Your Representative Sign the Pledge?

December 06, 2012

Kansas Tax Pledge

We have sent all members of the 2013 Kansas Legislature a letter, asking them to sign our tax pledge.

The pledge we are asking legislators to sign is not a pledge to Americans for Prosperity-Kansas; it is to you, the people of Kansas. You know that politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes. This pledge is to put that campaign rhetoric in writing.

We plan to let you know as the signed tax pledges are returned, so you know whether or not your elected representative in Topeka has made a commitment to protect your best interests by not increasing your tax burden.

Coming Soon: AFP-Kansas Legislative Agenda

Each year, Americans for Prosperity-Kansas develops a legislative agenda outlining the priorities of our 44,000 grassroots activists. We’ll let legislators in Topeka know where we stand on fiscal issues like tax policy and spending.

Throughout the 2013 Legislative Session, we’ll communicate with our grassroots activists about various bills related to our legislative agenda. We’ll let you know when it’s important to contact your legislator, and we’ll give you the tools to do so.

Stay tuned for further updates; we’re still developing our agenda, but we look forward to sharing it with you all and the members of the 2013 Kansas Legislature.

AFP-Kansas applauds Governor’s decision to reject health insurance exchange

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement in response to news that Gov. Sam Brownback will reject a state government health insurance exchange:

“AFP applauds Governor Brownback for his principled stand to reject a state government health insurance exchange in Kansas. Other governors should join Brownback in sending a strong message to Washington,” said Nicole Kaeding, AFP state policy manager.

“Governor Brownback took an important stance in rejecting implementation of a key element of Obamacare, the establishment of a state government exchange,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “Establishment of a government exchange would increase taxes on businesses and raise insurance prices on hardworking Kansans.

Read more here: http://americansforprosperity.org/kansas/newsroom/afp-kansas-applauds-governors-decision-to-reject-health-insurance-exchange/

Statement on Kansas general election

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement in response to last night’s general election in Kansas:

“It is apparent following last night’s general election that the transition of our state government from liberal tax-and-spend representation to a fiscally conservative one is complete,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag.

“In just two short years, Kansans have soundly rejected the liberal Republican and Democrat coalition that controlled the Governor’s mansion, Kansas House and Kansas Senate.

“Now fiscal conservatives have working majorities in all three, a clear indication that Kansans recognize the failures of the liberal agenda of the past.”

Kansas Supreme Court releases long overdue ruling

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement in response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s cap on medical malpractice lawsuits:

“Kansas medical professionals, businesses, and taxpayers have been waiting three long years for the state Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of medical malpractice caps in Kansas,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “Delaying the ruling on a case of this magnitude for three years is inexcusable.

“We believe the decision today to retain the cap is appropriate but undoubtedly long overdue. These years of uncertainty have created an unstable environment within the medical profession.

“The Kansas Legislature must address judicial selection reform in the upcoming 2013 legislative session, including changing how Supreme Court justices are selected. Kansans deserve a more transparent process for selecting judges.”

Upcoming Meetings/Events

State director Derrick Sontag will speak to the Big First Tea Party Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Hays.

AFP-KS in the News

Letter to the editor encouraging Congress to let the wind production tax credit expire http://cjonline.com/opinion/2012-11-27/letter-end-wind-tax-credit

Analysis: Conservatives ready to cut budget in Kansas http://cjonline.com/news/2012-11-11/analysis-conservatives-ready-cut-kansas-budget

KS: Big GOP majority faces budget challenges http://watchdog.org/61629/ks-big-gop-majority-faces-budget-challenges/

Brownback: Kansas won’t partner with federal government on health insurance exchange http://www.kansas.com/2012/11/08/2561344/brownback-kansas-wont-partner.html#storylink=cpy

Governor: No state-federal health care partnership http://cjonline.com/news/2012-11-08/governor-no-state-federal-health-care-partnership

Kansas, Missouri remain nation’s crimson political islands http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/10/3911138/kansas-missouri-remain-crimson.html

Podcast

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