As we enter our fourth week of the 2018 legislative session there is certainly an air of familiarity now, having completed my first term. On the surface there may not appear to be much going on yet, but behind the scenes there is an energy and urgency to move on many issues. School finance, mental health and addiction resources, transparency, ethics, government data security and a balanced budget – just to name a few!
For Republicans, there are two basic tenets for how we must lead: we must work within a balanced budget, and we must remember that local control is the most effective form of governance.
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.