KDP Weekly Rundown #20

Friday, August 2, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. What are we focused on this week? Primary elections, Demofest and more!

PRIMARY ELECTIONS ON TUESDAY

  • What’s happening?

Fourteen counties have primary elections for local office on Tuesday! Check with your county clerk or email us at info@kansasdems.org to find out if there’s an election in your district.

  • Important dates to remember
    • August 6 – Primary Election
    • October 15 – Last day to register to vote for the General Election
    • October 16 – Advance voting begins for the General Election
    • November 5 – General Election

DEMOFEST

  • What’s happening?

Demofest kicks off next Friday! Our keynote speaker is New York Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Grace Meng. Click here to purchase tickets and to view the schedule.

CHILD WELFARE TASK FORCE UPDATE

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly met with former members of the child welfare task force to discuss steps taken to improve foster care services. The 2019 Legislature approved funding to hire 42 new social workers. They also appropriated $6.5 million to provide matching grants of federal aid for a family preservation program. However, Republican leadership in the state house and state senate blocked the majority of the taskforce’s recommendations. The taskforce, which met for two years, was disbanded after this session.

JOB CREATION FUND AUDIT

  • What’s happening?

A legislative audit of the Kansas Job Creation Program Fund found that the Department of Commerce had no written policies guiding who should receive funding and how much.  Over the past five years, the program has provided 71 awards totaling $25.6 million. The state is currently reviewing all incentive programs. Commerce Secretary David Toland defended the program, calling the selection of the awards for review “arbitrary” and stating that all projects complied with state law requirements. The projects in question were awarded funds before Secretary Toland was appointed.

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