KANSAS VALUES



Since our earliest days, Kansas was formed through conviction, integrity and hard work.

It's a place where your handshake is your bond and your word still means something. The Kansas spirit lives in all of us. It's who we are.

Our state has met every challenge and thrived because of this spirit. Kansans have come together to form the Kansas Values Institute because our values - Kansas values - are increasingly coming under attack by out-of-state special interest groups.

It's time to empower Kansans to take back their government. It's time to make our voices heard. It's time to make a difference.

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Stand up for our values - Kansas Values. It's our state, let's take it back!
A STRONG BUSINESS CLIMATE
Kansas has a long and rich tradition of entrepreneurship. Our fertile soil does more than just produce the finest agricultural products in the world; we produce the finest goods and services too. The Kansas spirit is alive in business, both big and small. Our state must invest in our most important assetĀ - our people. Kansans need to work. Kansans want to work. And, the only way to get Kansans working is by partnering with business leaders and working people to create policies that foster growth and reduce the burden on economic entrepreneurship and growth.
11th
CNBC ranking in its annual "America's Top States for Business" report. Kansas has been 11th for two years running.
QUALITY SCHOOLS
During difficult economic times, schools often take the brunt of reduced investment in our children - especially schools in rural Kansas. Right now, thousands of teachers and support staff positions have been eliminated, classrooms are becoming overcrowded and instruction is suffering. Defunding our schools is shortsighted and dangerous. Moreover, it jeopardizes the long-term economic health and viability of our state to produce an educated workforce for businesses and communities.
$18,000
Amount of state aid, since 2009, that has been cut from every public school classroom in Kansas
SAFE ROADS
Kansans demand safe roads. For generations, we have invested heavily in our infrastructure because it carries our most precious cargo - our children and families. Our roads form a tapestry that connects rural to urban and goods to market. Our transportation system is the core of our economic engine in the state and we must take steps to protect this investment. If we fail to invest in safe roads, we risk dismantling this economic engine - hurting businesses and forcing more Kansans out of work.
$8 Million
Amount required, as part of T-WORKS, to be invested in every Kansas county for safer roads and increased economic development opportunities
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
Kansans demand fiscally responsible and limited government. In the past few years, the Kansas Legislature has cut or reduced nearly $2 billion from the state budget. As we move forward, it's important that our government is accountable to the people and lives within its means. It's also important that we have policies in place to fund the priorities that matter to all Kansans. Additionally, we need tax policies that benefit everyone and foster growth - not just the wealthy and well-connected.
$2 Billion
Amount of the state budget that has been cut or reduced by the Kansas Legislature over the past few years
A VIBRANT ARTS COMMUNITY
In 2011, over the objection of the Kansas House and Senate, Governor Brownback dismantled the Kansas Arts Commission and eliminated its $700,000 in state funding, despite the state's $180 million surplus. The move cost the state $1.2 million in additional funding from federal and other sources and now threatens to jeopardize both jobs and cultural resources across the state and in every county. A vibrant arts community isn't just about freedom of expression; it's about the economy too. Increasingly, communities have become destination locations for travel and tourism due to work by our most creative Kansans. And, every dollar spent at these locations means a dollar that stays in our local communities employing Kansans. It's a quality of life issue for communities and businesses consider these factors when relocating or growing jobs.
1
The number of states in the country that do not have an Arts Commission (Kansas).