Funding cuts over the years have led to larger class sizes, program cuts, and a greater difficulty in teachers being able to meet the needs of their students. It’s essential to send public school advocates to Topeka. I understand the need to continue to invest in education to support our teachers, our communities, and most importantly the future of our students.
Republican leadership stopped increased funding for special education and used the K-12 budget as a Trojan horse to allow for controversial policies to go through by skipping the Appropriations process.
According to DCF, 79 foster children spent 214 total nights in offices from January 2021 through May 2022. In 2021 alone, 53 children spent 167 total days in an office. This, despite the Kansas Department for Children and Families settling a lawsuit by agreeing to end the practice. In one case, an autistic child spent a month in an office because no foster home was available.
We need to increase placement stability and increase options for the children. There needs to be facilities for kids who have mental health problems. Without adequate mental health treatment, those children may end up in detention facilities.
Kansans have spoken, we showed the country we believe that reproductive decisions belong between a woman and her and her physician. A woman’s right to abortion must be protected, and I will do exactly that.
6 out of every 10 women who have abortions are already mothers.
Reproductive rights matter because they give all people access to safe reproductive health care. If your rights are restricted, you may not be able to make your own decisions about pregnancy or birth control. Restricting women’s access to abortion could disproportionately harm low-income women or those experiencing personal crises.
The burden falls hardest on people who already face systemic racism and discrimination in this country, including people of color, people who are undocumented, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people, as well as people who are young, have low-incomes, or live in rural areas. Fighting these laws is essential to the fight for racial, economic, and gender justice.
Meaningful ways to reduce the need for abortion need to be expanded: availability of family planning information and materials; support for women with unintended or problem pregnancies to carry to term, and economic policies that make it more possible to have and raise children.
In Kansas today, 1 in 8 adults age 18 to 64 lack health care coverage. And, 1 in 3 do not have dental coverage. For others, the challenge is not having enough health and dental providers close to where they live. Kansas Lawmakers failed to pass Medicaid Expansion in 2021 and 2022. Kansans need access to affordable healthcare and prescription drugs. Over 70% of Kansans support expanding access to affordable coverage which will save lives and lower expenses for everyone.
Americans are united in the belief that support for the Second Amendment goes hand in hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.
•Raise the age from 18 to 21
• Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check
• 3-day waiting period requirement for purchase
• Get military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets
• Make gun trafficking a federal crime.
39 states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized medical marijuana. Among the common medical uses for patients are management of chronic pain, certain types of epilepsy, muscle stiffness or tightness in multiple sclerosis, nausea & vomiting from chemotherapy, and treatment of mental disorders such as PTSD. Veterans, elderly and terminally ill citizens will benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana.
In 2021 the Kansas House passed a medical marijuana bill. In March, 2022 the Kansas Senate introduced its own version of the bill in committee, but no action was taken.