2015 - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's Agenda
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is the 2015 Chair of the MGA and has announced his agenda: Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in the Midwest.
Governor Brownback’s agenda will focus on increasing regional discussions on poverty reduction. Despite the globally recognized regional attributes of the Midwest, there are some in the region that are living in poverty. States continue to lead on policies, programs and assistance for those in need. However, the complexity of this issue does not allow for a one-size-fits-all solution. Fortunately, there are a lot of regional similarities and opportunities for sharing best practices and discussing how to approach poverty reduction.
MGA activities for Governor Brownback's agenda will include:
- Regional Working Group to Address Poverty Reduction
This working group will consist of Midwesterners from a wide-spectrum including governors’ and state agency staff, academia, community groups and other leaders in their states.
- Topic-based Conference Calls
The MGA organize a series of conference calls with members of the working group. These calls will occur on a monthly basis and focus on different topic areas related to poverty reduction.
- Best Practices and Shared Opportunities
The working group will review and compile best practices undertaken by states, municipalities, non-profits and other poverty organizations. Additionally, the MGA would utilize the survey’s results to put together a “Top Ten” list of opportunities, challenges and areas that states/governors can focus on related to poverty reduction issues.
- Highlighting the Importance of Poverty Reduction Strategies
The MGA will highlight the role and importance of poverty reducing measures by co-sponsoring meetings, showcasing awareness activities in communities, highlight events and news.
- Monitor Possible Federal Activities
The MGA will monitor possible importation legislation, as well as proposed regulations, that could have a regional impact on poverty-reducing measures.