Medicaid expansion would address public health, budget challenges

By Emily Fetsch May 19, 2020 With an estimated decline of more than $1.27 billion in tax revenue over the next two years, Kansas must look to stabilize and increase revenue, while setting the stage for economic recovery. Our state has learned from past economic downturns, including during former Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax “experiment,” that we can’t cut our way … Read More

April revenue numbers show difficult path ahead

Emily Fetsch May 12, 2020 Last month, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group offered its predictions for the next year, painting a grim picture for state finances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly State General Fund Revenue Receipt Update was released May 1, and those predictions appear to be mostly on target. The estimated revenue for April was $645.59 million, and … Read More

New estimates show sharp Kansas revenue declines, need for investment in kids

By Emily Fetsch April 20, 2020 People across the state are hurting, as COVID-19 disrupts Kansans’ daily lives. From their employment and health, to their education and mobility, Kansas families have all been touched by this virus. There have also been implications for the Kansas economy, with significant decreased revenue coming into the state, a drop of more than $1.27 … Read More

Making working from home work for you

Kansas Action for Children March 25, 2020 As coronavirus shutdowns spread across the state and country last week, many employees and offices transitioned to working from home. That also meant being out of the office and separated from each other for an extended period. For some workplaces, this is new. And the rapidly changing circumstances mean that many may be … Read More

Kansas needs to brace for a rough economy

Emily Fetsch March 20 (Cross posted from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth) With the spread of COVID-19 taking place in Kansas, across the country, and across the world, we have seen the economy take a massive hit. Huge dips in the stock market, massive layoffs, and underemployment and unemployment as businesses close to respond to the health crisis. The … Read More

Resources for teaching (and learning!) at home

Jami Jones March 18, 2020 As parents take on the role of teacher for the next several weeks, many are overwhelmed with how to keep their kids occupied while they work, and engaged in the important brain development we know is so critical. I have assembled the following resources to share with our staff of working parents and would encourage … Read More

A message from Kansas Action for Children

Kansas Action for Children March 16, 2020 The country and state of Kansas are experiencing uncertain and difficult times right now. The spread of the new coronavirus has created new challenges, both practical and emotional, for our work. We are committed to the children and families of Kansas, and we are also committed to our team members who make this … Read More

Refundable food sales tax credit offers boost to families

Kansas Action for Children March 9, 2020 As Kansas rebuilds after years of economic challenges, we encourage policymakers to consider targeted policy solutions to help working families. One such approach is to reinstate the refundability of the food sales tax credit, which is why KAC supports House Bill 2720. Policies implemented in 2012 undermined the financial well-being of working families. In 2013, the food … Read More

Kansas kids count! A Census roundup

Kansas Action for Children March 5, 2020 The once-every-10-years U.S. Census kicks off March 12, and Kansas Action for Children has been spreading the word about the importance of counting every single person in our state. An undercount threatens federal funding for crucial programs that support children and families. We’ve been collecting resources — videos, blog posts, and infographics — … Read More

Bill allows parents to nurture infants in early months

Kansas Action for Children February 25, 2020 Kansas Action for Children believes in providing the best start possible to young children, which includes economic stability for new parents by continuing to receive cash assistance during their child’s earliest months.  That’s why we support Senate Bill 440, which would provide an additional option to fulfill work participation requirements under the cash assistance program.  It changes what satisfies the current work requirement, allowing … Read More