Rabbi Moti Rieber is among the fortunate ones who find their work meaningful beyond just making a living.
Rabbi Rieber has been executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action (KIA) and its predecessor organization, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, since March 2011.
KIA is described on its website as a “statewide, multifaith, issue-advocacy organization that addresses and advances public policies consistent with the values of our various faith traditions” and that puts “faith into action by educating and engaging people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic and environmental justice issues.”
First and foremost, I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and are having a joyous and happy new year!
Today marks the first day of the 2018 legislative session! It is so great to see my friends and colleagues again, some who I haven't seen since the end of session last year! I am energized and enthusiastic as we begin to work to solve the issues facing Kansas.
Throughout session, I will provide regular updates to highlight Capitol happenings, such as what is occurring in the committees I am a part of and important bills being discussed on the floor. If you wish for me to go into further detail regarding a specific issue, please feel free to contact me for more information.
Before I wrap up my first legislative year, I want to thank everyone who took time to reach out to me over the past year to share your concerns, ask questions and be engaged. It has been an incredible year for me and I am proud to be part of a broad bi-partisan coalition of sensible lawmakers who are working hard to return Kansas back to sanity and solvency. Kansans have always been pragmatic, common-sense people who expect their leaders be the same. Kansas has always governed best when it is governed from the center, not from either extreme. And, that is how I try to approach the problems we face as a state.
With less than two weeks until the local general election on November 7th, developing a plan of action is key to a successful turnout. Local elections have the most immediate and direct impact on your daily life, with candidates usually living in your neighborhoods, since our communities are so tight knit.
Every voter in Johnson County will have the ability to cast their ballots on Nov. 7th due to the JCCC Board of Trustees race, covering every Johnson County household.
Much of my district is in Overland Park, which has been receiving so much positive press and recognition throughout the state and nationwide. Mayor Carl Gerlach has worked tirelessly to lead the way in making Overland Park what it is today. Not only has he been a balanced and sound leader for Overland Park and our community, but he has also been an excellent partner for the legislative delegation. I ask for your vote for Carl Gerlach for Mayor on November 7th!
It’s easy to get down hearted with all that is going on in the news. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas and all of those in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico who are still struggling from the devastation of recent hurricanes. It’s so easy to send our “prayers” and so much harder to act for change. Coming off the heels of the Jewish High Holy days it begs the question: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" (Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14).It’s time to act. And, one of the best ways to “act” is to support leaders who aren’t afraid to legislate sound public policies, even when they are unpopular (at least to well-funded outside interest groups).
A second round of postcards from Americans for [their own] Prosperity (AFP, aka Koch Brothers) have now landed in the districts of such leaders. In fact, most Kansas legislators who voted to override the Governor’s veto last session on comprehensive tax reform are receiving these mailers in their districts – and, we’re still 9 months away from the primary election!!
The last few days have been unsettling and that’s an understatement, so before I begin my regular newsletter let me speak to what’s been going on in our country.
As someone whose family was personally affected by the Holocaust, anything that slightly resembles sanctioning the actions of a Neo-Nazi group is abhorrent to me and very scary. That’s why I was so saddened on Tuesday when President Trump backtracked on his stand against hate.
Sensible voices have prevailed in Kansas. It wasn't easy, but with a new tax plan, a balanced budget, and an increase in funding for schools the Kansas legislature has put our state back on more stable footing.
The revenue generated by the new plan will allow for investment in our roads and bridges, mental health, safety care clinics, senior care programs, public education; it protects funding for early childhood education and has upgraded our outlook in the eyes of the credit rating agencies.
I was proud to be a part of a broad bi-partisan coalition that pulled our state back from the brink. For the first time in five years a full budget debate was allowed on the house floor. Can you believe that? A deliberative and respectful process put us on the path toward solvency and stability. I am committed to continuing to do business in a way that makes us all proud.
Throughout the session constituents and industry experts alike said time and time again how pleased they were that I was willing to meet with constituents, reply to emails, answer phone calls and read the information provided by industry experts, allowing me to make informed decisions on the floor. This seems like the bare minimum for a public servant, but in previous years this has not been the case.
Communication and transparency are key to a successful democracy; and, it does not stop once the legislative session ends. Maintaining a strong level of communication between me and the community I serve through numerous mediums such as email, social media and mailers can be an expensive process, but it is essential to keeping citizens informed and engaged.
While we've moved the needle, our job is not finished and we can't afford to let up now. I have already filed for re-election in the August 2018 primary so I can continue to fight for the people of Kansas and District 28. But, I need your help and I am writing today to ask for your support. Please consider making a contribution to my campaign via my website, Paypal or CashMe or you can send a paper check to 3310 W. 137th St., Leawood, KS 66224.
Your contribution is critical to keeping us on this new path. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and for your generous support.