Weekly Rundown #41

Friday, January 3, 2020

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? KansasAgStress.org and $20M+ victim assistance funding!

Happy New Year!

STATE INTROS WEBSITE TO HELP STEM FARMER SUICIDE RATE

  • What’s happening?

The Kansas Department of Agriculture in December launched KansasAgStress.org, a website the state of Kansas hopes will help reduce an “alarming” increase in farmer and rancher suicide rates in Kansas.

The website also provides national and local sources of support, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).

Gov. Laura Kelly: “The increase in suicide rates among farmers and ranchers is alarming. We must do everything in our power to curb this trend [and] provide our farmers and ranchers alternatives to suicide.” 

KELLY ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $20M FOR CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Kelly on December 27 announced more than $20 million in grant awards to fund crime victim assistance programs through the Federal Victims of Crime Act.

Gov. Kelly: “Grants for programs that assist victims and survivors of crime are so critical to Kansans. No one should have to go through this process alone. These grants will help fund the programs that victims and survivors can access during tragic situations.”

The $20,520,561 total granted to 65 organizations across the state is generated by federal fines, penalty assessments, forfeited appearances, and bail bonds. The programs seek to help provide emotional, psychological, and physical support for victims and survivors of crime.

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