January 8, 2010
Members of a newly formed coalition -- Kansans for Quality Communities -- hold a news conference Friday in the Statehouse. The group urged legislators to stop cutting the budget and consider a tax increase when the 2010 session starts Monday. From left to right seated are Mike Hammond, executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, and Cindy Rush, a certified nurse aide and representing the Kansas Health Care Association. Standing from left are Mark Desetti, with the Kansas National Education Association, and Shannon Jones, executive director of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas.