Journal

Every Vote Counts

October 8, 2020

Ruth Ann Hackler, matriarch of public service in Olathe, knows firsthand the importance of every vote. She was elected to the Kansas House by only 4 votes in a recount in the 1990 election. Her election gave the Democrats a 1 seat majority. That gave them the votes to elect Speaker of the House Marvin […]

On the Economy

August 27, 2020

As I’m out talking to folks, I keep hearing the same concerns over and over again: the economy. Saying we’re living in uncertain times doesn’t do justice to the situation. Unemployment is soaring. Hardworking people are out of work, vital businesses, especially small businesses, are closing through no fault of their own, and there’s still […]

Let’s Talk About Health Care

July 29, 2020

Since 2014, lawmakers in Kansas have rejected the opportunity to expand Medicaid to cover incomes up to 138% of the poverty level ($29,435 for a family of three). This expansion would provide much-needed coverage for the working poor and people with disabilities. It would keep hospitals in rural areas open, expand the healthcare sector as […]

Let’s Talk About Sales Tax

July 14, 2020

In 2015, the Kansas Legislature was in a crisis of their own making. Devastating upper-class tax cuts were taking their toll on essential services, and the Supreme Court had to order lawmakers to fully fund our schools. So that year, after long debate, Republicans chose to hike the state sales tax rate from 6.15% to […]

Let’s Talk About Education

June 24, 2020

Let’s talk about Kansas’s chronically-underfunded education system. The 2008 financial crisis took its toll on our state’s budget, but that’s not what sent shock waves through our institutions for so many years. Under Brownback, the legislature passed crippling upper-class tax cuts that shifted money away from essential infrastructure like highways and schools to hand it […]