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 2022 METL priorities:
Recruiting and retaining employees is Kansas businesses number one issue.
To address this, METL supports:
• Childcare. Exploring solutions to the lack of available childcare which is keeping many families from returning to work. Responses could include making existing childcare tax credits more accessible, exploring the benefits of universal pre-K education in Kansas and taking advantage of federal funding.
• Workforce Training. Further collaboration among educators at all levels and the business community to develop creative approaches to education and workforce training.
• Higher Education. The requests of the Kansas Board of Regents to restore funding for public universities, community colleges, and technical colleges and proper funding of need-based student aid programs to ensure student access to private colleges and universities in Kansas.
• Housing. Exploring ways to help the residential real estate market regain its ability to keep up with the growing demand for quality housing in all of our communities.
Moving people, goods and ideas into and across the Animal Health Corridor is critical to our future.
• Transportation. METL supports undiminished funding of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program and will work as an active partner to (i) move the project to replace and expand the South Lawrence Trafficway (K10) through the Development and Construction Pipelines; and (ii) ensure the Polk-Quincy Viaduct Project continues to completion without delay.
• Broadband. METL urges stakeholders to collaborate around the extension of broadband technologies to all Kansans who need them and continue to help them utilize the technologies to which they have access. METL supports the responsible investment of AARPA funds to help this expansion of broad- band coverage.
KANSANS ARE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.
METL supports a fiscally responsible tax policy that encourages business growth and is competitive with surrounding states. This includes: seeking ways to make state tax reporting requirements more business friendly, especially for small businesses; restoring the Research and Development income tax credit to all types of business entities; supporting the Kansas Framework for Growth, as well as existing incentives, such as the HPIP, PEAK and STAR bonds; and investing one-time federal funding in economic prosperity initiatives.
KANSANS ARE IN IT TOGETHER.
METL supports efforts to create a culture of health in the workplace and our neighborhoods. This includes strategies and solutions that would improve outcomes, expand access, help control health care costs and ensure the ongoing viability of health care providers and those they serve – and expanding Medicaid.