A grassroots group which pushes for smaller government and lower taxes has launched a statewide multi-media campaign.
Americans for Prosperty says the goal of the campaign is to educate Kansans on the growing burden of government. AFP says the campaign is in keeping with its efforts for Kansas legislators to exercise fiscal restraint by agreeing to a self-imposed spending limit.
The campaign will run through the middle of the 2008 legislative session.
“With a fiscal crisis looming over the next few years, it’s very important to reach out to the public and inform them of the dire consequences of overspending,” AFP-Kansas State Director Alan Cobb said in a statement. “We’re reaching out to the public through our new web site, newspaper and radio ads.”
The ads began airing Wednesday on 24 radio stations. They will also appear in 140 newspapers statewide. The ads highlight AFP’s support of a self-imposed spending limit for state lawmakers and encourage residents to contact lawmakers to control spending.
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld says he believes the 2007 legislature worked hard to control spending, but says more tough decisions lie ahead.
"It will not be easy but I believe the Kansas Legislature, the Governor and state agencies can find ways to tighten state spending," Neufeld said in a statement. "I welcome input not only from AFP-Kansas but from all Kansans on how we can better prepare our state for its financial future and for the future fiscal responsibilities our children will face.”
The AFP campaign also includes a new web site, www.kansasoverspending.com. AFP says the site will include facts about state spending, links to contact state legislators, and a link to the radio ad that is now playing statewide.