On the Issues

Everyone Should Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

Kansas Democrats believe the first priority of tax reform should be to ease the burden on the middle class and make certain that everyone – even wealthy corporations -- pay their fair share. Kansas Democrats believe that education and children should be our priorities -- not wealthy corporations.

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Everyone Should Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

Kansas Democrats believe the first priority of tax reform should be to ease the burden on the middle class and make certain that everyone – even wealthy corporations -- pay their fair share. Kansas Democrats believe that education and children should be our priorities -- not wealthy corporations.

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Honoring Senior Citizens

Kansas Democrats recognize the tremendous contributions of senior citizens.  We support initiatives aimed at helping them maintain their independence and live their lives in dignity. We support the recent increase in the personal needs allowances of Medicaid recipients in adult care homes.

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Increasing Government Efficiency

Since the election of a Democratic Governor in 2002, Kansas Democrats have made government more efficient, responsive and transparent. Democratic administrations have led the way in conducting top to bottom reviews of how government spends taxpayer dollars. They have taken action to increase efficiency and reduce waste.

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Keeping Kansans Healthy

The health of our citizens is important to the health of our state. Kansas Democrats support initiatives to encourage healthy eating and activity and promote preventive care.

No child can reach his or her full potential without a healthy start in life. Kansas Democrats believe every child from birth to age five should have health insurance and every mother should have access to prenatal care.

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Meeting Our Energy Challenges

Kansas Democrats believe America must reduce its dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels. We reject the myth that energy efficiency and environmental protection are enemies of economic growth. We will make our economy more efficient by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, producing less waste and using less energy.

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Promoting Equal Rights, Human Dignity, and Diversity

Kansas Democrats believe in equal rights for every Kansan regardless of race, color, age, physical abilities, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Kansas Democrats honor cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious,  and spiritual diversity. We support the passage of hate crime legislation to protect equal rights. We support remedies to prevent job discrimination, including pay equity.

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Promoting Safe Neighborhoods

Kansas Democrats believe all Kansans have a right to be safe in their homes, schools, offices, places of worship, and communities. We recognize our safety is due to the hard work and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and the men and women of our armed forces.

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Protecting Families and Children

Kansas Democrats believe government doesn’t raise children, families do. Parents have a responsibility to care for and nurture their children. However, parents need support from their communities. Especially crucial are services for families and children who need extra help to succeed.

Kansas Democrats recognize persons with disabilities have abilities. We support the funding necessary for community-based services to help keep them independent and working as their abilities allow.

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Protecting Our Natural Resources and Environment

The health of Kansans is intertwined with the quality of our water, air, soil. We assign a high priority to cleaning up our rivers and streams, reducing the pollutants in the air, protecting ground water from depletion and pollutants, preserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and addressing climate change.

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Strengthening and Securing Public Schools

Just as it is a top priority of Kansans, investing in education has been, and always will be, a top priority of Kansas Democrats. The success of our children depends on quality schools, and the success of our economy depends on business’ ability to employ a well-trained workforce.  Because Kansas Democrats support our schools, we are committed to providing teachers with the resources they need to educate our children. This is why Kansas Democrats led the way in recent years to ensure a historic commitment to our public schools.

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Supporting Rural Kansas

Kansas Democrats recognize the value of vibrant rural communities. Yet many rural areas of our state face real challenges. That is why we believe we must do even more to address these challenges and restore opportunity to rural Kansas. Democrats support ensuring the profitability of family farms and protecting and expanding markets for our agricultural products. The fertile soils of Kansas farms must be protected and conserved. This is best accomplished by research, education, and keeping the land in the hands of family farmers.

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The Economy Should Work for Working Families

Kansas Democrats believe our first priority must be to make sure the economy grows and benefits working families. It is getting increasingly difficult to achieve the American Dream, and it is time to help families that work hard and play by the rules. Instead of giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations, Kansas Democrats believe:

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Upholding Ethics in Government and Elections

Public trust in our democracy requires that the actions of our elected officials are guided by the public good.  Kansas Democrats believe ethics in campaigning and government are absolute principles to which our candidates and public officials must adhere.

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