Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s administration has released a plan to fix a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, 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.
New members of the Kansas House of Representatives have been taking orientation classes this week preparing for their first legislative session. They're learning about their legislative email accounts and getting their official photos, but as Stephen Koranda reports, looming budget issues are already on their minds.
Kansas lawmakers will have to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years to balance the budget.
Republican Linda Gallagher, from Lenexa, believes they need to look at raising revenue. She says lawmakers have already made the easiest budget cuts.
Wichita city council members reviewed a proposal on Tuesday afternoon for water and sewer rate increases for 2015.
Alan King, director of Wichita Public Works and Utilities, says the city maintains over 4,000 miles of water and sewer lines. To keep up with that infrastructure, King’s department has proposed a 6 percent increase for water and 5 percent increase for sewer.
Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to fix a hole in the state budget. But as Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback 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.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is trying to find out if Kansas has a backlog of untested sexual assault kits.
Officials say that across the country, hundreds of thousands of the kits remain untested.
The KBI recently sent surveys to all Kansas law enforcement agencies to identify if there is a testing backlog for the kits, which include swabs and specimens gathered during exams of sexual assault victims.
The group's director, Kirk Thompson, says the KBI doesn't think there is one, but wants to make sure.