ALERT - KanCare override in the balance!

The Governor overrode the Legislature's passage of KanCare expansion with his now tired excuses about coverage limits and not enough money. These arguments have been proven false. Call or email your legislators now to urge their backing of an override on HB 2044.

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In Defense of Public Schools

With KanCare expansion waiting last week to see what the Feds did (nothing, as it turned out!) and budget/tax negotiations stalled under their own weight, last week was the opportunity for the Kansas Legislature to work on a school finance bill that would meet Constitutional muster. MainStream has already testified in favor of HB 2270, a bill crafted over the past six months, with input from communities and schools, based on proven ideas.

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2017 Mid-Session Report - Guns

tl;dr Repeal of campus carry is still possible, but may have to come as an amendment to other bills. Watch the Kansas House. Email your legislators!

This 2017 legislative session has had a lot of gun-related legislation proposed and debated. Here is the gist of what is happening.

But first, we encourage you to contact your Kansas state legislators to let them know you oppose further loosening of gun safety measures, and support returning control of firearm ordinances to local communities.

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Testimony opposing HB 2410, a school finance bill

This is MainStream's written testimony opposing HB 2410, a bill to finance public schools that does not meet our requirements to fun an excellent education for all Kansas children. We also delivered oral testimony at the hearing today. You can download a copy of our testimony here.

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Whither the Kansas Budget?

If there's one topic in the Kansas Legislature sure to make the average voter's eyes roll back into their head, it is the ongoing Kansas budget negotiations. But as we all know, the Kansas budget—and related tax policy—is also the single most important topic in the Kansas Legislature today. The revenue disaster of the last five years has caused or made worse the crisis in public education funding, infrastructure improvements, and medical care in Kansas.

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Testimony in support of expanding KanCare in HB 2044

This is our testimony in support of HB 2044 in the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. This bill has passed the House, and now is being considered by the Senate, and this is the first step. If it clears this committee, it will be available for a vote in the full Senate. You can download a pdf copy of our testimony here.

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Testimony opposing HB 2374 - Expansion of the tax credit scholarship program

This is MainStream's testimony opposing HB 2374, a bill to expand the existing tax credit scholarship program that shunts taxpayer funds to private and parochial schools. You can download our testimony here.

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Testimony opposing SCR 1602 - Restrictions on economic success

This is MainStream's testimony opposing SCR 1602, a Constitutional amendment designed to restrict the state's economic options. You can download a copy of our testimony here.

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Better without Brownback?

A wave of giddy excitement swept the Kansas social media community last week. "Brownback's leaving!" was the cry. Some responses were angry, that he had inflicted his policies on the state and now was leaving Kansas in the lurch. Others were excited for the opportunity to take his obstructionist vetoes out of the mix. Several asked how soon this might happen. Many echoed, "Good riddance!"

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How to Testify in Topeka

How to Testify in Topeka is our guide for Kansans who want to have their voices heard in Topeka. You don't have to be a politician, or part of an advocacy organization. As a Kansan, your voice should be heard in the Statehouse.

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