Top Morning News 2.05.13
Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.
Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan
The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.
Rezoning Petition For Women's Clinic To Be Delivered To Wichita City Council
Also at Tuesday's City Council meeting, abortion opponents plan to deliver a rezoning petition for a new clinic in the facility once used by slain doctor, George Tiller.
The group Kansans for Life says thousands of residents have signed the petition because they don't want a women's medical clinic that provides abortions in their neighborhood.
The group Trust Women plans to open the women's medical clinic this spring. Its owners say the rezoning drive is an effort to limit women's reproductive services.
Kansans for Life says the clinic is trying to open in a residential zone, though another medical facility that offers alternatives to abortions is located next door.
Kan. Senate Panel Taking Up Gov's Tax Proposals
The State Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee Tuesday is preparing to debate Gov. Sam Brownback's proposals to reduce the deficit.
Brownback's goal is to phase out individual income taxes, with more reductions this year. He wants to balance the cuts by eliminating two popular tax deductions for home owners.
Brownback has proposed eliminating the tax deductions for property taxes paid for homes and the interest on home mortgages. He also wants to cancel a drop in the state sales tax that's set to take effect in July.
Committee Chairman Les Donovan of Wichita isn't sure the group will endorse Brownback's plan. He says the situation remains "fluid."
Senate Committee Preparing For Talks On School Funding Amendment
Lawmakers are considering a change to the Kansas Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.