Federal Legislative

Federal Legislative Platform (pdf)

Federal and municipal governments work together to provide citizens with many services they require and have come to expect. As the local branch of government, the City of Lenexa understands our citizens’ needs and is equipped to respond to them effectively and efficiently. We favor local decisions being made at the local level. The City of Lenexa supports the following positions and advocates for them on behalf of those who live and work in our community.

Home Rule and Local Control

  • The City of Lenexa supports local control over labor relations.

Taxation, Finance and Spending

  • The City of Lenexa supports the Main Street Fairness Act.
  • The City of Lenexa supports the preservation of tax-exempt municipal bonds.
  • The City of Lenexa supports funding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Mandates and Funding

  • The City of Lenexa supports full funding of Federally-imposed mandates on local governments.

Public Safety

  • The City of Lenexa supports the preservation of local control over the method and manner in which police and fire protection is provided.
  • The City of Lenexa supports the distribution and use of public safety funds in a manner that gives local public safety personnel necessary resources.
  • The City of Lenexa supports full funding of law enforcement programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Education

  • The City of Lenexa supports full Federal funding of special education requirements and the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 221-1999.

Environment

  • The City of Lenexa supports continued funding for the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program.
  • The City of Lenexa supports continued funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
  • The City of Lenexa supports efforts to study water conservation methods and programming.

Transportation

  • The City of Lenexa supports legislation creating a new, long-term and sustained transportation program.

Telecommunications

  • The City of Lenexa supports a balanced approach to telecommunications policies which allow new and existing technologies to flourish while preserving traditional local regulatory authority over public rights-of- way.

Justifications

Home Rule and Local Control

The City of Lenexa supports local control over labor relations.

  • Legislation which would impose binding arbitration on cities or require recognition of bargaining units would unnecessarily preempt local authority. Existing Federal, State, and local laws and municipal personnel procedures provide significant labor protections.

Taxation, Finance and Spending

The City of Lenexa supports the Main Street Fairness Act.

  • E-commerce has significantly changed consumer trends. Online sales in the U.S. are expected to grow to nearly $327 billion by 2016, which represents about 9% of all retail spending. Tax advantages given to online retailers have resulted in reduced municipal sales tax revenues at a time when local governments rely heavily on this funding source to provide basic services and infrastructure. In addition to suppressing tax revenues, inhibiting remote sales tax collection creates a competitive disadvantage for our country’s brick and mortar businesses. Online retailers and local retailers should be taxed uniformly.

The City of Lenexa supports the preservation of tax-exempt municipal bonds.

  • Tax-exempt municipal bonds are critical for local governments to finance needed public safety equipment, roads, parks, and public buildings. Without this financing mechanism, the public improvements needed to catalyze economic development may be impacted.

The City of Lenexa supports funding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

  • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has made it possible for municipalities to leverage Federal funds with substantial local funds in order to revitalize areas and inspire private investment in low to moderate income neighborhoods.

Mandates and Funding

The City of Lenexa supports full funding of Federally-imposed mandates on local governments.

  • The imposition of mandates, programs, or activities on local governments without accompanying Federal funding is contrary to the spirit of the Constitution. Any function or activity mandated by the Federal government upon municipalities should be fully and continuously funded by the Congress.

Public Safety

The City of Lenexa supports the preservation of local control over the method and manner by which police and fire protection is provided.

  • Local police and fire professionals are the most qualified to address each municipality’s unique public safety issues. Formulation and implementation of operational policies and procedures to address local safety issues should be performed at the local level.

The City of Lenexa supports the distribution and use of public safety funds in a manner that gives local public safety personnel necessary resources.

  • Local public safety personnel are the first to respond to crime and acts of terrorism and are often at the forefront of preventing such events. Funding should be allocated in a way that allows these professionals to protect their communities.

The City of Lenexa supports full funding of law enforcement programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Law enforcement programs administered by these two agencies provide assistance to state and local governments to enhance community policing, prevent and control crime, improve the criminal justice system, and to prevent and respond to potential acts of terrorism.

Education

The City of Lenexa supports full Federal funding of special education requirements and the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 221-1999.

Environment

The City of Lenexa supports continued funding for the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

  • Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) funding is critical in protecting the region’s air quality and addressing changes in Federal ozone standards. Working with many community stakeholders, the Mid- America Regional Council developed a Clean Air Action Plan which is reliant on CMAQ funding. Much of the region’s clean air progress to date is the result of programs funded through CMAQ, including synchronization of traffic signals through Operation Green Light (OGL), expansion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and a carpool matching grant. The City has utilized approximately $2.8 million in CMAQ funds to construct more than $5.3 million in projects benefitting the community, including street, trail and signal improvements. Continued CMAQ funding is essential to continued progress in these areas.

The City of Lenexa supports continued funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

  • This program will allow the City to continue innovative efforts to meet long-term energy efficiency goals. Through development code reviews, the City has identified and enhanced opportunities for energy savings in private development.

The City of Lenexa supports efforts to study water conservation efforts and programming.

  • A national water conservation plan is needed to ensure the preservation of this precious resource for future generations to use and enjoy.

Transportation

The City of Lenexa supports legislation creating a new, long-term and sustained transportation program.

  • Transportation plays a vital role in connecting the Kansas City metropolitan area’s people and businesses to goods, services and attractions. Many of the region’s transportation services and facilities are supported by Federal transportation funds authorized by Congress. Congress should act to ensure the region’s transportation needs will be addressed. Strategic investments should be made in transportation systems and services that are effective and efficient, balanced across all modes, safe, reliable and maintained in a state of good repair.

Telecommunications

The City of Lenexa supports a balanced approach to telecommunications policies which allow new and existing technologies to flourish while preserving traditional local regulatory authority over public rights-of-way.

  • The Federal government should not preempt or restrict the authority of municipalities to manage public rights-of-way and to collect fair and just compensation for their use, to adjust regulations which address emergent technologies, or to maintain regulatory oversight of the placement of telecommunications services.