Kansas Jobs First

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, were joined by members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses today to unveil their plan to grow the state economy and create thousands of new Kansas jobs.

A collaborative effort by democratic legislators and Kansas citizens, “Kansas Jobs First” includes 14 pre-filed bills that Democratic legislators plan to introduce during the 2012 Legislative Session.  These priorities will keep Kansas jobs from being exported, protect unemployed workers against workplace discrimination, strengthen work training and post-secondary/technical educational programs, and stop unscrupulous hiring practices, among others.

“For far too long, partisan battles in Washington D.C. have overshadowed any action to get our state economies moving again,” said Davis.  “It‟s time for partisan politics to take a back seat, and for our state legislature to make job growth our top priority this session.”

“As Kansas emerges from the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, more than 50,000 Kansas workers remain unemployed. Unfortunately, too many of these unemployed Kansans are now finding it impossible to find a job, simply because there aren‟t enough jobs to go around or because they may lack the skills necessary to meet the needs of today‟s market,” said Hensley.

“There is no reason why any willing Kansan should ever be without a good-paying job they can be proud of. There‟s no reason for a student to go without basic job skills because he can‟t afford to pay tuition. And there‟s no reason a small business should be forced to close its doors because a larger competitor sent its business overseas,” said Davis.

“Kansas Jobs First‟ will put our priorities back in focus. It‟s the right thing for Kansas because it‟s the right thing for Kansas workers,” concluded Hensley.

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*Voice recordings from Senator Hensley and Representative Davis are available at: