Kansas budget http://kcur.org en KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/ku-med-lose-31-student-slots-kansas-city <p>The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina</p><p>The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million in cuts. KU spokesman Jack Martin says closing the Salina campus, and scaling back operations in Wichita are no longer on the table.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:41:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38712 at http://kcur.org Kansas House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-tax-chair-responds-claims-about-tax-plan <p>The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee is responding to claims from Democrats about the tax plan passed by the Legislature last weekend. The Republican-dominated Legislature passed a bill that will cut income tax rates, but will also keep the sales tax elevated and reduce income tax deductions.</p><p>The Chair of the state Democratic Party, former revenue secretary Joan Wagnon, says legislators broke their promise to let a temporary sales tax expire, and put a bigger burden on working Kansans, amounting to a more than $750 million tax increase.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:36:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 38033 at http://kcur.org Kansas House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan Kansas Legislature Passes Budget in Final Hours of Session http://kcur.org/post/kansas-legislature-passes-budget-final-hours-session <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kansas Lawmakers wrapped up the 2013 session in the early hours of Sunday morning, narrowly passing a budget that reduces spending through major cuts, particularly to higher education.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:59:23 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37817 at http://kcur.org Kansas Legislature Passes Budget in Final Hours of Session Kansas Lawmakers Return To Topeka To Finish Session http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-return-topeka-finish-session <p>Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Tuesday to dive back into the contentious debate over budget and tax bills.</p><p>State Representatives and Senators were quoted &nbsp;using words like “dumbfounded” to express &nbsp;frustration that they can’t agree on either a budget or tax bill.&nbsp; Lawmakers had planned to wrap up the legislative in 80-days instead of the mandated 90-days.&nbsp; Instead, the session has run long like it has in most recent years.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:15:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 37469 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Return To Topeka To Finish Session Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU http://kcur.org/post/governors-higher-education-tour-stops-ku <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.</p><p>Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.</p><p>“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:37:19 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35608 at http://kcur.org Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills http://kcur.org/post/kansas-conference-committees-negotiate-budget-tax-bills <p></p><p>The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34005 at http://kcur.org Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senate-could-cut-governors-budget <p>Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:55:47 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32894 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget Some Lawmakers May Pursue More Budget Cuts http://kcur.org/post/some-lawmakers-may-pursue-more-budget-cuts <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year. He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction.</p><p>There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:27:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 30698 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Plan To Tweak Budget To Avoid Deficits http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-plan-tweak-budget-avoid-deficits <p>Kansas lawmakers working on a tax-cutting plan say they&rsquo;ll tweak the proposal to avoid long-term budget deficits.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 13:09:22 +0000 Stephen Koranda 16886 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, April 19, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-thursday-april-19-2012 <p>The Kansas City Council delays voting on a daytime curfew.&nbsp; MoDOT considers expanding rail service. Missouri Senators battle over education funding.&nbsp; That and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:33:32 +0000 Maria Carter 16215 at http://kcur.org