Moments ago we held a press conference in the Kansas Statehouse asking Governor Sam Brown back and the members of the Kansas Legislature to end the war on workers and focus on creating jobs and putting Kansans back to work. We were joined by House Minority Leader, Paul Davis and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.
WKA president Terry Forsyth calls for renewed focus on Kansas jobs
Topeka, KS – Working Kansas Alliance President Terry Forsyth spoke to members today in the state capitol and denounced the growing collection of anti-worker bills being worked on in the Kansas Legislature. He called on Governor Brownback and the Legislature to stop wasting time attacking Workers rights and to turn their focus towards putting Kansans back to work.
“Blaming working families for the sluggish economy is a poor excuse for a jobs plan,” said Forsyth. “We are here to remind the governor and the legislature that this economy didn’t slow down because of the work of firefighters or teachers or highway workers who are making life in Kansas better.”
“Taking away the rights of workers is as short-sighted of an economic policy as raising taxes on the working poor to cut taxes for the wealthy,” Forsyth said. “These bills are an insult to the hardworking men and women of this state who have dedicated their careers to making Kansas a great place to live and only ask for a decent wage and fair treatment in return.”
Forsyth shared with the crowd a list of ten bills being considered by legislative committees that are direct attacks on working families.
“When the governor’s signature policy change for the session is a tax “cut” package that will actually increase taxes on working families, it is safe to say that he has lost touch with Kansas values.
“When the House and Senate Commerce Committees are teed up with bills that taken together dwarf what is going on in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Arizona, it is clear that what we are dealing with here is a full-blown anti-worker agenda.
“And when a series of bills that will actually create jobs in Kansas are collecting dust in those same committees, it is obvious that this is more about politics than about doing something positive for the working families of Kansas.”
Forsyth called on the Governor and the Legislature to end their blatant attacks on working families and the middle class and to focus on legislation that will actually create jobs for Kansans.
“We demand that this Governor start putting his weight behind legislation that will put Kansans back to work.”