Feb. 8, 2019

Capitol Connection is your weekly report from KAC's Director of Government Relations Adrienne Olejnik on happenings at the Statehouse and issues affecting Kansas children and families. For more updates, like KAC on  Facebook  and follow us on Twitter .

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Groundhog fail

Last Saturday, alliterative groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and therefore predicted an early spring. Mother Nature perked up and decided to squeeze in more severe winter weather for us this week.

Yet the ice and freezing temperatures didn't slow down the progress of SB 22, and the misguided tax bill passed the Senate on Thursday afternoon, 26-14.

KAC is watching

We were disappointed by the tax vote and will continue monitoring the situation.

Like the Brownback experiment, SB 22 is cloaked in uncertain fiscal projections. It would skew wealth in Kansas from everyday workers, teachers, and retirees to privileged executives and multinational corporations.
Kansas Action for Children and our Kansas Center for Economic Growth project stands ready to work with legislators in the House and Senate to strengthen our tax code. That work will take prudent weighing of options, not rushed and retroactive fiscal policy.
As to policies that affect kids and families, not much else is moving through the Statehouse in these early weeks. Deadlines for bill introductions are looming, so stay tuned in the coming weeks as committees work more bills and budget discussions escalate. 

We congratulate Melissa Rooker, who was named the new executive director of the Kansas Children's Cabinet, and Kim Moore, the new chair of the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund. Both are longtime champions of Kansas kids, and KAC staff looks forward to working with them in coming years.
Just for fun

I'm spending a considerable amount of time in the Capitol, and I'm interested in learning more about its history. The Kansas Historical Society notes the founders wanted to create a grand structure that would symbolize their pride in Kansas' tumultuous path to statehood and their grand hopes for its future.

Walking in each day, I am awed by the beauty and grandeur of the building -- it inspires me to work diligently to do my small part to improve the lives of Kansas kids. I certainly have grand hopes for Kansas' future.