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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 15th

The Kansas House has given first approval to a bill that would cut 35 million dollars out of the current budget. Supporters of the bill say that’s needed to help with a projected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. The legislation would also mean around 20 million dollars less for K through 12 education in Kansas. Representative Ed Trimmer, a Winfield Democrat, said that move would mean school districts would have to cut staff.The 20 million dollars taken from education would be put into special education funding. The move would stop Kansas from losing federal matching dollars that...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 15th

Kansas lawmakers are starting the long process of redrawing the state's congressional districts. Kansas has 4 seats in the U-S House of Representatives, which need to have similar populations. Douglas County is currently split between the 2nd and 3rd districts, but that could change. Joe Aistrup (“A-strup”, "EH-strup") is a political science professor at Kansas State University. He spoke with KPR’s Stephen Koranda. Aistrup says changing the 2nd Congressional District may change the political prospects of Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins. Aistrup says the city of Manhattan may be taken...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 15th

The Kansas House has given first approval to a bill that would cut 35 million dollars out of the current budget. Supporters of the bill say that’s needed to help with a projected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. The legislation would also mean around 20 million dollars less for K through 12 education in Kansas. Representative Ed Trimmer, a Winfield Democrat, said that move would mean school districts would have to cut staff.The 20 million dollars taken from education would be put into special education funding. The move would stop Kansas from losing federal matching dollars that...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th

Metals like aluminum and copper can be attractive items for thieves. Water pipes and air conditions are just two things thieves can steal, then turn in the metal for cash. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a Kansas Senate committee is considering new regulations aimed at combating metal thefts.

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th

Kansas House leaders have cut short debate on a bill that would trim spending out of the current state budget. Lawmakers sent the measure back to the Appropriations Committee for more discussion. Representative Eber (EE-burr) Phelps, a Hays Democrat, supported the move. The measure started as a two page bill, but more than 30 pages of amendments were added. Phelps believes lawmakers didn’t have enough time to study all the changes.Last week, Governor Sam Brownback cut 56 million dollars to balance the budget that ends June 30th. Lawmakers are looking to slice about 35 million dollars more in...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th

Kansas lawmakers are considering new regulations aimed at combating metal theft. High prices for scrap metal have led to an increase in metal thefts in some areas. The bill would require all metal recycling facilities to get a permit to operate. Bud Burke is a lobbyist working on behalf of Advantage Metals Recycling, based in Kansas City. He says some companies might not want to come to Kansas, over fears that they would not be able to get permits to operate in the future.A law passed in 2007 requires metal dealers to keep records of people turning in scrap metal. Supporters of the bill say...

Stephen Koranda Sunday, March 13th

Negotiations on a bill to cut spending in the current fiscal year won’t be continuing this week. After members of the House and Senate couldn’t come to an agreement, Governor Sam Brownback took actions into his own hands. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is taking steps to deal with the state’s budget deficit. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Governor Sam Brownback is cutting 56-million dollars from the state’s current fiscal year budget. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The organization investigates claims of discrimination in areas such as housing and employment. Governor Sam Brownback has proposed moving the commission into the attorney general’s office. Reverend Ben Scott is president of the Topeka NAACP. He has concerns about moving the commission, because attorney general's office is a partisan office run by an elected official.Brownback says the move will save the state around 200 thousand dollars. Brownback’s office has said the commission will be more effective...

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