Lawrence, METL Group Share Priorities with State Legislators

On December 7, the METL group, made up of the Chambers from Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence, met in Topeka with state legislators and presented their 2018 METL Legislative Priorities. Each Chamber brought along staff and board members to discuss the upcoming session with their respective state senators and representatives.

The 2018 METL Legislative Priorities include:

PRESERVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES
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), STAR bonds and the property tax exemption for business & 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 & federal funding for: the proposed turnpike interchange in Southeast Topeka, the replacement of the I-70 / Polk /Quincy Viaduct and the expansion of the South Lawrence Traffic way (K10) 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.

If you have questions about the METL group or other advocacy efforts The Chamber of Lawrence takes part in, please contact Hugh Carter, Vice President of Government Affairs by email or by calling (785) 865-4411..

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