Progressives protest GOP rule at Kan. Statethouse

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Progressive and labor union activists are promising sustained protests against Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and multiple policies pursued by him and other Republicans.

Nearly 200 people participated Thursday in a Statehouse rally staged by the Wichita-based group Kansas People’s Action. Speakers included labor, environmental and community activists.

They later converged on Brownback’s office, giving a staff member a poster-sized yellow card demanding a state government that, in their words, “works for all of us.”

Their causes include additional funding for public schools and an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health overhaul. They were also critical of income tax cuts championed by Brownback.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said a government that creates jobs and allows Kansans to keep more of their money works for everyone.

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