METL Coalition formation establishes core principles to ascertain unified positions of legislative support for these four communities: Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka and Lawrence. These regions can benefit from consistent, forward-minded initiatives where similar challenges may be addressed through the Kansas legislature.
These are the 2018 METL priorities:
Preserve Economic Development Initiatives
Kansas must have available a competitive business incentive package that is relevant, flexible and simple to utilize. The METL Coalition opposes the further diminution of funding to the state’s economic development incentives, such as High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP), Providing Employment Across Kansas program (PEAK), Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) bonds and property tax exemption for business and industrial machinery/equipment. The Coalition also supports the exploration of tools including limited student loan forgiveness and tax credits, which incentivize individuals to reside and work in Northeast Kansas.
Fund Transportation Projects in Northeast Kansas
The METL Coalition supports state and federal funding for:the proposed turnpike interchange in southeast Topeka, the replacement of the Interstate 70/Polk/Quincy Viaduct and expansion of the South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10) from two lanes to four. The METL Coalition strongly opposes further diversion of funding from the T-Works Transportation Plan.
Support Programs That Get Kansas Students Ready to Work
Because the economies of Northeast Kansas will not be able to grow without an abundant, educated workforce, the METL Coalition supports policies and programs that provide appropriate funding, resources and leadership for education at all levels, from higher education at our universities to career and technical education, to K-12 and early childhood education, all of which help prepare students for the careers of the future.
Take Advantage of Federal Funding by Expanding Medicaid
The METL Coalition supports strategies and solutions that would help control health care costs, improve outcomes, expand access, support wellness initiatives and create a culture of health in the workplace. The Coalition supports a common-sense public policy approach to ensure the ongoing viability of health care providers and those they serve.
These proposals were presented to state legislators at a December meeting in Topeka. The four chambers represent more than 3,000 eastern-region businesses in the state.