The Poor & Vulnerable

For 2000 years, the Catholic Church has manifested a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. This is a central tenet of our faith. The Church is a provider and supporter of services that help those among us most in need of assistance. In these difficult economic times, those with little, and those unable to help themselves, are in particular need of society’s compassion.


Food Stamps Face $14 Billion Cut

August 6, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

The US Senate passed legislation yesterday that would cut billions in funding from the federal food stamp program, at a time when the number of Americans using food stamps is at an all time high.  The funding will instead be used to help states avoid teacher layoffs.  This action at the federal level is in […] Read More >>

Social Services Budget Escapes Traumatic Cuts

May 12, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Legislature has finished its work for 2010, adjourning Tuesday after having sent Governor Parkinson a budget and tax legislation that was the source of lengthy debate. In the end, the Legislature was able to avoid making the deep cuts to social services that many had feared.  An earlier 10% reduction in Medicaid provider […] Read More >>

Catholic Conference Urges Legislators to Protect Services for the Most Vulnerable

April 20, 2010 | | Posted in The Issues

On April 28, the Kansas Legislature will return to work in order to wrap up the 2010 legislative session.  Balancing the state’s budget will be the primary focus of what is called the “veto-session,” which is scheduled to last roughly two weeks.  The Kansas Catholic Conference has sent a letter to every member of the […] Read More >>

House & Senate Appropriators Begin Final Push for a State Budget

April 19, 2010 | Posted in The Issues

The Senate Ways and Means Committee and the House Appropriations Committee will meet this week to attempt to put together a budget at a time when the state is facing a record funding shortfall.  While various solutions are being considered, the Kansas Catholic Conference continues to urge legislators to give special priority and protection to […] Read More >>

Medicaid a Casualty of Budget Cuts

March 9, 2010 | Posted in The Issues

The state is mired in the midst of an unprecedented budget crisis, and legislators are scrambling to find ways to balance the budget.  Medicaid is facing a 10% cut, and other programs that serve the most vulnerable are at risk.  Members of the Legislature have few easy choices before them, but they should do everything […] Read More >>

Social Services Cuts on the Way

November 24, 2009 | Posted in The Issues

Efforts to address the state’s budget deficit will include cuts to social services. Read More >>

Governor Defunds Crisis Pregnancy Program

July 20, 2009 | | Posted in The Issues

Governor Parkinson has canceled all funding for the Stan Clark Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative, which helps low-income pregnant women facing difficult pregnancies.  The Legislature funded the program at approximately $350,000, the entirety of which was eliminated by the Governor using the powers given to him by the Legislature to balance the budget. This decision was particularly […] Read More >>