Government

Sedgwick County
6:23 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Broad Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Jim Good Flickr

The Sedgwick County Manager Wednesday presented his 2013 recommended budget to the commissioners. It proposes layoffs, cuts to services and closing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

County Manager Bill Buchanan said he had to do “less with less” to reach the goal of eliminating the county’s $9.3 million deficit by the end of 2013.

Buchanan said in their analysis the budget team focused on the core missions of programs and looked for duplications of services.

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Sedgwick County
5:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County manager will present his recommended budget for 2013 to the county commissioners Wednesday. It will include cuts to jobs and services.

In a meeting with reporters Monday morning sedgwick county manager Bill Buchanan said the county will have to do less with less to eliminate the $9.3 million deficit.

Buchanan said his proposed budget will bring the deficit to zero by the end of 2013. Details of the budget and cuts will be outlined when he presents the budget to the county commissioners Wednesday.

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National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility
6:10 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Fed Panel Supports KS Biosecurity Lab Project

The Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Department of Homeland Security dhs.gov

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.

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Department Of Motor Vehicles
8:20 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Audit Will Focus On Problems With Vehicle Registration System Upgrade

A Kansas legislative committee has ordered an audit of the state’s troubled vehicle registration system. 

A new, upgraded system was put in place earlier this year. But problems have caused long lines at some local DMV offices.

Wichita City Council
6:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Wichita To Eliminate Jobs, Increase Fees To Balance Budget

City of Wichita Budget Manager, Mark Manning, explains updated proposed budget.
Carla Eckels

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.

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Taxes
3:45 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Kansas Prepares For New Tax Rules

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.

Elections
4:31 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State Objections Board Meets To Rule On Election Complaints

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.

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Government
9:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

New Law Will Help Create Job Opportunities For Disabled Kansans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday signed into law a bill that will create jobs for Kansans with disabilities.

House Bill 2453 will give preference for state contracts to businesses that meet specific criteria, including employing at least 20 percent of full-time workers in Kansas with disabilities.

Companies must also do the majority of their business in Kansas and pay at least 75 percent of the total health insurance premium cost for their employees.

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Government
12:37 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Ceremony Honors Fallen Officers

A ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers of Sedgwick County will take place noon Friday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall in downtown Wichita.

Twenty-nine officers have fallen in the line of duty since 1871, including 19 Wichita police officers, eight Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater.

For the first time in more than 14 years, more deaths occurred by gunshot in 2011 than traffic accidents.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Sen. Moran Says Entrepreneur Spirit Will Bring Jobs To Kansas

United States Senator Jerry Moran toured the Advanced Networking Research Institute on the Wichita State campus Friday and spoke to research students about the importance of their work.

Senator Moran says he recognizes the value entrepreneurs bring to communities such as Wichita and wants to see that spirit grow the economy to create more jobs.

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