Kansas budget

Heartland Health Monitor
3:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Group Will Seek To Get Rid Of Kansas Sales Tax On Food

Ashley Jones-Wisner, state policy manager for KC Healthy Kids, says the Kansas budget crisis presents an opportunity to shine a spotlight on Kansas' sales tax on food.
Credit KC Healthy Kids

 

Led by KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization supported in part by the Kansas Health Foundation, a coalition is being formed to guide a legislative effort to exempt food from the state sales tax.

“Cutting the sales tax on food will make it more affordable for Kansans to eat healthier,” says Ashley Jones-Wisner, state policy manager for KC Healthy Kids.

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Government
7:02 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Kansas Republicans Criticize Brownback's Budget Plan

Two high-ranking Republicans have criticized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to use state pension dollars to help fill a budget hole.

Senate Vice President Jeff King and state Treasurer Ron Estes have concerns about the move. They say the proposal hurts the public pension plan, known as KPERS, not long after an attempt to fix it.

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Government
7:55 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Brownback Unveils Plan To Reduce Kansas Deficit

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has released a plan to fix a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. Cuts to highway funding and the state’s public retirement system will be key to balancing the Kansas budget.

Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, says the administration started by trying to find ways to reduce spending while minimizing the effect the cost-cutting would have on services.

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Government
5:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Brownback Announces Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday he will use his power of allotments to make fee transfers and spending cuts to close a $280 million budget gap in the current fiscal year.

Brownback said in a prepared statement that the allotments come from recommendations made by budget director Shawn Sullivan.

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Government
8:21 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Kansas Government Won't Rule Out Tax Increase To Fix Budget

Gov. Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to fix a hole in the state budget. But he says he's looking at all the options. 

Following a meeting at the Statehouse, Brownback gave few details to the media about what he'll propose. He says all options are on the table, including tax increases or slowing future scheduled decreases.

Brownback also won't say whether he'll make budget cuts, known as allotments before lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January. Right now, he says he's conferring with state agencies and studying the numbers.

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Central Standard
4:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

What Matters To Kansas City Parents When It Comes To Schools?

Hale Cook, a recently re-opened neighborhood school in Waldo, has been a good choice for one of our callers.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Maybe it's a decision about which side of the state line to live on. Maybe it's public school versus private, or district versus charter. For some, there may not seem to be a choice in the matter at all. A range of issues factor into where Kansas City families send their kids to school; meanwhile, difficulty discerning myth from reality looms large. Our callers and guests help break it down.

Guests:

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Kansas Educators Worried About Budget Gap

Gov. Sam Brownback claims victory on election night.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

This week some very dire budget predictions came out of Topeka: In the next two years Kansas may come up $1 billion short of expenses.

But that’s in the future. Right now the state has to find $279 million.

When budget experts gathered Monday, school districts all across Kansas were watching closely.

They knew if the projected budget shortfall for the rest of this fiscal year was bad, they faced potential cuts in state funding.

Not next year but this year — money already budgeted would be lost.

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Heartland Health Monitor
9:01 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Kansas Slashes Revenue Forecast

State revenue forecasters said Monday that the state can expect hundreds of millions of budget dollars less than previously thought to fund schools, social programs and highway projects.

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Central Standard
2:25 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Kansas Budget: Two Perspectives On The Numbers

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The Kansas budget has been in the national spotlight ever since Governor Sam Brownback signed dramatic tax cuts into law in 2012. Over the past several months, tax revenue has been coming in at lower levels than the state projected. Not surprisingly, the two sides of the political spectrum view the resulting conundrum differently. 

Guests:

  • John Hanna, reporter, The Associated Press
  • David Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute
  • Duane Goossen, former Kansas budget director
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Government
7:41 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City

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

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.

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Government
9:36 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan

Representative Richard Carlson talks with reporters at the Statehouse.

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.

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.

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Kansas Legislature
7:59 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget in Final Hours of Session

Legislators debate the budget in the Kansas House.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

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.

The biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance.

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Government
8:15 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Return To Topeka To Finish Session

Representative Barbara Bollier is a Republican from Mission Hills.
Kansas Legislature

Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Tuesday to dive back into the contentious debate over budget and tax bills.

State Representatives and Senators were quoted  using words like “dumbfounded” to express  frustration that they can’t agree on either a budget or tax bill.  Lawmakers had planned to wrap up the legislative in 80-days instead of the mandated 90-days.  Instead, the session has run long like it has in most recent years.

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Government
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU

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.

Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.

“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.

Government
9:15 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills

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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.

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Government
9:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget

enate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita).
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Some Lawmakers May Pursue More Budget Cuts

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.

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.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:09 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Kansas Lawmakers Plan To Tweak Budget To Avoid Deficits

Kansas lawmakers working on a tax-cutting plan say they’ll tweak the proposal to avoid long-term budget deficits.

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Headlines
8:33 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Kansas City Council delays voting on a daytime curfew.  MoDOT considers expanding rail service. Missouri Senators battle over education funding.  That and more news from KCUR.

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