Barbara Bollier http://kcur.org en 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 NBAF Not Get Built? Brownback Says It Could Happen Without State Support http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-not-get-built-brownback-says-it-could-happen-without-state-support <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says if Kansas lawmakers won't approve additional funds for the National Bio And Agro-Defense Facility, there's a chance it won't get built.&nbsp; And that's a risk he's not willing to take,&nbsp; he said over the weekend on a stop in Kansas City, Kansas.&nbsp;</p><p>President Obama's FY2014 budget requested $714 million for the top security animal disease lab proposed for Manhattan, Kansas.&nbsp; As part of that request, the state was asked to contribute&nbsp; $202 million. That's in addition to almost $150 million Kansas has already committed.</p><p>Some Republicans in Topeka suggest Governor Brownback’s request for an additional $202 million in bonds for the proposed animal disease lab represents a “moving target,” and want to be reassured the state isn’t going to be responsible for more than it can afford for a federal facility.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:10:45 +0000 Laura Ziegler 35770 at http://kcur.org NBAF Not Get Built? Brownback Says It Could Happen Without State Support Bill Would Require Stem Cell Center At KU Med http://kcur.org/post/bill-would-require-stem-cell-center-ku-med <p>The Kansas House has passed a bill requiring the University of Kansas Medical Center to establish a stem cell research center. The Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center would work only with adult stem cells. Supporters say the center could lead to new medical treatments.</p><p>Representative Dave Crum is a Republican from Augusta.</p><p>“It is very much within the authority of the legislature to create policy that we think is in the best interest of the state."</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:06:52 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34150 at http://kcur.org