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Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback proposed big cuts to state government during his State of the State address last night (WED). He’s proposing cutting 2,000 unfilled state jobs, and eliminating entire state agencies.Brownback hasn’t said which state agencies he’ll remove. The efforts are part of Brownback’s proposal to eliminate a state budget shortfall projected at more than 500 million dollars. He’s also pushing for tax cuts to help grow business investments in the state and a focus on growing jobs in the aviation and animal health fields.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback laid-out some ambitious goals during his State of the State address last (WED) night. With the state facing a projected budget deficit of more than 500 million dollars, Brownback said he hopes to close that gap by growing the economy and cutting thousands of state government jobs. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 12th

In just a few hours, Governor Sam Brownback will deliver his first State of the State Address. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on what Kansans can expect to hear.KPR will have live coverage of the State of the State Address starting at 6:30 tonight.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 11th

Lawmakers are kicking off this legislative session with bigger Republican majorities in the Kansas House and Senate, and a Republican in the governor’s office. Some lawmakers believe some bills on social issues like abortion –which have failed in recent years- will get new life this session. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 11th

A bill filed in the Kansas House would remove an exemption from the state’s ban on late-term abortions. Although late-term abortions are restricted, an exemption allows the procedure to take place if having the baby would damage or impair the mental health of the mother. Representative Steve Huebert, a Valley Center Republican, believes that exemption is being overused. Huebert authored the legislation. He says the bill passed the house last year, but wasn’t taken up in the Senate.Huebert is hoping the bill will get more traction this session, with a Republican governor in office. He...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Lawmakers will start the real business of legislating today (TUE), after their swearing in yesterday (MON). Kansas Public Radio’s Stephen Koranda has more on the kickoff of the 2011 legislative session.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Governor Sam Brownback was sworn in to office today (MON), during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Brownback is taking the job during a time when the state faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars and a high unemployment rate. In his speech, Brownback highlighted the difficulties ahead, but sent a message of hope.Brownback will lay out his legislative agenda Wednesday, during the State of the State Address. You'll be able to hear that address live, Wednesday night at 6:30, here on Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Governor Sam Brownback took office today (MON). Brownback was sworn in during a ceremony at the Statehouse. He takes over the job of governor at a challenging time. The state’s unemployment rate hovers at more than 6 percent, and Kansas faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars. In his inauguration speech, Brownback highlighted the difficult times ahead, but sent a message of optimism.That’s Governor Sam Brownback, speaking today (MON) at the inauguration ceremony in Topeka. Brownback will lay out his legislative priorities Wednesday, during the State of the State Address....

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th

Lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week, facing a big budget shortfall. Education is the single biggest item in the budget. Some legislators have been looking at the reserves Kansas school districts keep in the bank as a way to help reduce state education costs. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th

About half of the state's scheduled aid payments to public schools have been delayed because of concerns about a short-term cash crunch. Deputy State Budget Director Elaine Frisbie said today (TUE) that 98 million dollars in payments - which would normally have reached Kansas school districts yesterday (MON) - won't get to them until the end of this week. Blake west is president of the Kansas branch of the National Education Association. He says school districts often rely on reserves to pay bills when state payments are delayed, but those reserves are dwindling.It's the first time since...

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