AFP Kansas — FY 2011 Model State Budget is now online

In This Issue:

  • Better Alternatives to Urban Planning?
  • AFP Issue Watch: Budget
  • Legislative Update: Health Care Freedom Amendment
  • Economic Freedom of the World
  • Upcoming events: Kansans for Liberty rally
  • Useful Resources

Better Alternatives to Urban Planning?

You still have an opportunity to register in advance to this evening’s presentation on urban planning in Wichita. Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute Senior Fellow and author of the book ” The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future” will present a free market perspective on urban development at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Center.

Click here to register for this free presentation of “Is There a Better Alternative to Urban Planning?” at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium of the Bank of America Center.


AFP Issue Watch: Budget

As legislators begin work on the next fiscal year’s budget, AFP has come up with some solutions to closing the $400 million hole in our state’s budget. The FY 2011 AFP Commonsense Budget Proposal has been released to legislators and the media:

AFP-Kansas releases FY-2011 Commonsense Budget Proposal

TOPEKA – The free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity-Kansas has released to legislators and to the media a model state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

” Kansas legislators are working to close a budget gap of $400 million for the next fiscal year,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “The latest AFP Commonsense Budget Proposal will provide a roadmap for legislators seeking to make Kansas government more efficient – and less costly – without turning to Kansas taxpayers.” Read more or download a PDF of the Model State Budget.


Legislative Update: Health Care Freedom Amendment

Last year, AFP-Kansas took part in helping introduce the Health Care Freedom Amendment to the public. This proposed constitutional amendment will preserve the freedom of Kansans to provide for their health care without government interference or coercion. It is not designed as an opt-out of any health care system that may exist; rather, the proposal is designed to reject any mandate of coverage for individuals.

There is a hearing next Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Room of the Capitol. This is a joint Senate and House Health Committee Meeting. We encourage you to attend and show your support of the Health Care Freedom Amendment.

To read the language of the Health Care Freedom Amendment, click here.


Economic Freedom of the World

Do you know where the United States ranks on the global index of economic freedom? (Hint: It wouldn’t get a medal…) The answer is in the latest edition of the Economic Freedom of the World report.

Dr. Robert Lawson of Auburn University is co-author of this popular and widely cited report. It evaluates 141 nations and jurisdictions using a combination of economic factors and then creates a ranking from most- to least-economically free. Read a summary of the report here.

Dr. Lawson will be the guest lecturer at a Feb. 25 public forum at the Hyatt in Wichita. “Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations” is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and underwritten by The Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP here.


Upcoming events: Kansans for Liberty Winter Rally

During the winter months, activists are taking the tea parties indoors! Kansans for Liberty invites all citizen activists from all political parties, and all political candidates, to an indoor tea party on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Century II Exhibition Hall in Wichita (225 West Douglas). Doors open at 1 p.m.

To learn more, or to volunteer, contact Kansans for Liberty president Lynda Tyler at 316.722.8031, or visit


Useful Resources

The Flint Hills Center for Public Policy is operating under a new name: the Kansas Policy Institute. This informative organization has also launched a new website, KansasOpenGov, with sections covering various areas of government spending to give you a clear look as to how your state and local tax dollars are being spent. We encourage you to check it out!

Listen to daily two-minute podcasts from AFP national director of policy Phil Kerpen by visiting You can hear his commentary on various areas of federal policy, as well as the latest happenings with AFP on the national front. Click here to listen to Kerpen’s Washington Updates.


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