Sam Brownback

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced a series of financial moves last week to deal with a budget deficit. The plan takes money from the highway fund and other areas to cover the shortfall, but it leaves the state with a razor-thin savings account estimated at under $6 million.

Adrian and Pankratz Attorneys at Law

Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed the first female judge to the 9th District Court covering McPherson and Harvey counties in Kansas.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has "a good shot" at making its new revenue projections and avoiding a deficit in its current budget.

Brownback told reporters Monday that he's hoping a new fiscal forecast will hold and, "We'll be in fine shape."

University economists, legislative researchers and officials in Brownback's administration issued the new forecast Friday. It slashed $354 million from projections for state revenues from now through June 2017.

KS Speaks

A wide-ranging survey of Kansas residents found that more than half of respondents were at least “moderately concerned” that the state's economy would seriously threaten their welfare or that of their family over the next year.

Andy Marso

Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s close to naming a new Kansas secretary of commerce after his previous choice dropped out. Brownback says he has narrowed it down and interviewed three candidates. Now, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is conducting background checks.

“We’ve had some good candidates come forward," Brownback says. "That KBI background (check) takes a long time. I wish it didn’t take so long because that would be very helpful for us if we could get those moving through faster."

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Gov. Sam Brownback is having events in four Kansas communities this week to promote corrections programs designed to help offenders return to productive lives after their time behind bars.

The events begin Tuesday morning with a tour and question-and-answer session for reporters at Johnson County's minimum-security residential center for adult offenders in New Century.

The governor plans to travel Wednesday morning to the state's maximum-security prison outside El Dorado to have a news conference about programs designed to prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

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Four judges who sued Kansas over the Legislature's move to defund the state judiciary's budget voluntarily withdrew their lawsuit Thursday after the state moved it to federal court, and they instead plan to file new claims in district court.

The latest legal maneuvering comes in response to the state's move earlier this week that landed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Topeka, arguing it contained some federal due process claims.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is taking some budget options off the table for now in the face of sagging revenue numbers.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed October as “Zombie Preparedness Month.” That not-so-serious name is aimed at getting people to think about a serious topic.

Brownback stood next to 15-year-old Faith Tucking, who was decked out in bloody zombie makeup, as he signed the proclamation Wednesday. The idea behind “Zombie Preparedness Month” in Kansas is an eye-catching way to think about emergencies. The supplies needed to survive a zombie attack will actually benefit you in other emergencies.

Via Christi

The CEO of Kansas’ largest health care system is renewing his call for Medicaid expansion.

Jeff Korsmo runs the Via Christi health system. It operates hospitals in Wichita, Manhattan, Pittsburg and Wamego.

Korsmo says the health care system is initiating cost-cutting measures because its revenues are running behind projections two months into the budget year.

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