It was Thomas Jefferson who said: To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
On that note, the Kansas Legislature is considering HB 2130, commonly referred to as paycheck protection.
Money derived from public employee union membership dues, for example, is often spent on functions outside of bargaining and administrative activity.
That’s certainly the prerogative of a union but the problem is in some instances members may not choose to support union political activity, yet their money is going towards just that.
This is not a bill designed to eliminate unions.
Rather it provides workers the ability to protect themselves from financially supporting political candidates they otherwise wouldn’t support.
The unions that effectively present their case as to why political activity should occur will more than likely earn the financial support of a number of its members.
Members of public employee unions should have the right to fully safeguard against their money being spent on political causes and candidates they don’t support.
Kansas state director,
Americans for Prosperity,