Top Morning News 10.30.12
Revenue forecasters expected to meet Election Day to draft state revenue projections; Kansans helping out with superstorm response; Small town hospital considered best healthcare workplace.
Kansas Revenue Forecasters To Meet Election Day
Kansas officials and university economists plan to meet Election Day to draft new revenue projections for Governor Sam Brownback and legislators to use in making budget decisions.
The November 6 meeting will allow the forecasters to revise earlier projections for the fiscal year that began July 1. They'll also issue the first official estimates for the fiscal year that begins in July 2013.
The team includes legislative researchers, members of Brownback's budget stuff, Department of Revenue officials and economists from the state's three largest public universities.
The current forecast was issued in April and predicts the state will collect $6.4 billion in revenues in the current fiscal year. But the projections don't take into the account massive income tax cuts enacted in May.
Kansas Groups Helping Out With Hurricane Response
Emergency responders from Kansas have been helping out along the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy affects region. Emergency response volunteers and professionals from north-central Kansas are helping organize shelters and provide other emergency aid.
The Kansas Incident Management Team traveled to Maryland on Sunday to support emergency responders there. The team will be deployed through November 11 to work in Maryland's Emergency Operations Center.
The Kansas National Guard also is sheltering military aircraft in Topeka from the hurricane-affected areas. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base arrived Sunday at Forbes Field. The American Red Cross in north-central Kansas also sent four responders to help in New York City and Baltimore.
Small Kansas Hospital Tops Magazine's List Of Best Healthcare Workplaces
Wamego City Hospital is the best healthcare workplace in America, according to this year's rankings from a hospital industry magazine.
Brownback, GOP To Hold KS Motorcycle Tour
Gov. Sam Brownback and other Kansas Republicans are planning a two-day motorcycle tour of the state ahead of next week's elections. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and congresswoman Lynn Jenkins are among those set to join the ride that starts Thursday in Topeka and ends Friday in Salina.
Everyone taking part will travel by motorcycle if the weather allows. The tour will promote GOP candidates for the U.S. House and state Legislature. Among the targets are several Kansas Senate seats where Brownback has backed conservative Republicans.
From Topeka, the group plans to stop Thursday in the eastern Kansas communities of Leawood, Fort Scott, Frontenac, Pittsburg and Columbus. On Friday, the riders are scheduled to stop in Wichita, Independence, Winfield, Hays and Salina.