Anita is ready to WORK HARD FOR YOU to bolster quality public education, enact fair and sustainable tax policies, and ensure equal representation for all!
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Develop a Fair & Equitable Tax Policy
Kansas needs a fair tax code that doesn’t raise taxes on families while others don’t pay their fair share.
Balance the State Budget
We cannot keep digging our state deeper into debt. Our Kansas lawmakers need to cooperate on common sense solutions for balancing the budget rather than letting special interests dictate how we spend our money and run our state.
Keep Kansas Healthy
Many people—including many of our seniors–don’t know that the lawmakers controlling Topeka right now have signed Kansas on to a multistate “Health Care Compact” that could remove Kansas from the federal Medicare program. The states that signed the Compact would select a private company–most likely an established insurance company–to manage the money that would have otherwise been given directly to the state for programs and payment to providers. Even worse, there is no requirement in the Compact that Kansas even spend those federal Medicare dollars on healthcare. WE MUST REVERSE THIS COMPACT!
Kansas already tried this when it created KanCare—our privatized state version of Medicaid—with disastrous effects. KanCare has shown poor performance and a lack of accountability in both enrollment and claim payment times, while also reducing healthcare services and availability to Kansas. That is neither efficient nor fiscally responsible.
We must also ensure survival of our rural hospitals by taking advantage of Medicaid expansion. Kansas citizens pay federal taxes expecting the return of our fair share. To forfeit our own tax dollars out of protest of the federal program is self-defeating. Not only that, we would lose many of the jobs provided by our rural hospitals if they cannot afford to keep their doors open. Let’s not cut off our noses to spite our faces…there will be nowhere left to sew them back on.
Protect School Funding
Elimination of state funding for schools means more costs keep getting pushed onto our property taxes. It means less teacher pay and an inability to train and retain quality educators for our kids. It means the loss of vital learning opportunities because important extracurricular activities–like sports and band—can no longer be supported. Our kids are too important to let this happen!