A government-backed research panel says the Department of Homeland Security should continue with its plans for a bio-security lab in Kansas but consider ways to reduce costs.
A study released by the National Research Council Friday says the need for the $1.14 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan hasn’t diminished since the project was first conceived.
But the council says Homeland Security has options: It could continue with the current plan, reduce the size and scope of the project and distribute its work among research centers around the country.
An update of the proposed 2013-2014 budget was presented to Wichita City council members Tuesday. The plan includes eliminating 37 positions to help balance the budget.
The 37 jobs slated to be cut include 19 vacant positions in the Office of Central Inspection, and 10 in engineering. Also, eight police positions will be eliminated including seven grant-funded police officers plus another police position, a civilian working in parking enforcement.
City Manager Robert Layton says the plan is to move these workers into other positions.
Preparations are underway for tax changes next year. Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state’s income tax system.
Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes are collected for individuals and businesses.
The State Objections Board has upheld a decision by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that helped dozens of legislative candidates. The board ruled that Kobach did have the authority to assign candidates to new legislative districts, even though those candidates had already filed to run for office in other districts. Kobach assigned more than 80 candidates to run in new districts after a federal court drew new legislative maps. Kobach himself sits on the board that ruled in favor of his office’s decision. Lt.