The Governor’s claim that he is moving Kansans out of poverty, in the opinion section of the Eagle today is missing quite a bit of information.
Kansans are moving out of poverty? Funds earmarked for the poor, programs that are proven to work, are swept into the general fund, just like the well-publicized raiding of KPERS and the Highway fund.
TANF funds are now only available for 2 years, rather than the federally funded 5, although the state receives the entire amount. Currently, less than 10% of families that leave the program have a job that enables them to afford the most basic of necessities.
The elderly experience the Governor’s cuts to home health services, forcing them to make decisions about moving to assisted living facilities, a costly decision, made much earlier than needed. And then, KANCARE reimbursement to retirement homes is routinely delayed, up to 9 months.
Those earning under $59,000 a year are taxed at an increased rate under our Governor’s watch, while those over this amount are paying less income tax, our highest earners significantly less.
Public education funding has not only not risen, it has not kept up with inflationary increases. Education is the single most powerful tool we have to escape poverty.
Coverage for medical care is abysmal. Legitimate claims are routinely denied by the state. Some of our neighbors fall into an unnecessary coverage gap.
Our state’s credit rating ranks at an abysmal 47th. Do you really think the citizens of Kansas are fairing well? The three credit downgrades and the long-term debt load for each of our children and grandchildren have moved all Kansas toward poverty, whether the Governor admits it or not.