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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A committee in the Kansas House has approved legislation that would cut state employee pay by seven-point-five percent. The House Appropriations Committee added the pay cut to a spending freeze bill introduced by Governor Sam Brownback. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the pay cut would last until the end of the fiscal year in June.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers are now considering a budget-cutting bill as part of efforts to put the state's finances on firmer ground. The specific reductions range from just 20 dollars in one legislative fund...to one-point-three million dollars that had been set aside for planned state employee pay adjustments. Republican House Appropriations Committee Chair Marc Rhoades of Newton:The bill, which has been proposed by Governor Sam Brownback, calls for more than 35 million dollars in cuts to current spending.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A budget-cutting bill received its first airing in the Kansas Legislature yesterday (TUE). Governor Sam Brownback's proposed "freeze" bill is being heard by Senate and House committees this week. It actually goes beyond locking in current spending and cuts some programs. That idea is not sitting well with Democratic Representative Bill Feuerborn (FIRE-born) of Garnett. He says cuts in state special education funding could jeopardize federal money that the state receives.Brownback administration officials say the currently-proposed spending cuts are important for keeping the state's bank...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This summer, the University of Kansas will host 35 teachers from across the nation for a seminar on civil rights and politics. Shawn Leigh Alexander, director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU, said that holding the seminar in Kansas made it easy to come up with a topic.The seminar is titled "Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown." Applications for the seminar will be accepted until February 1. More information is available online at gilderlehrman.com or by calling the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas (785-864-5044).

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This summer, 35 teachers from across the nation will be selected for a seminar on civil rights and politics at the University of Kansas. Shawn Leigh Alexander, director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU, hopes that the teachers can return to their students with a new understanding of the civil rights movement.The seminar is titled "Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown." Applications for the seminar will be accepted until February 1. More information is available online at gilderlehrman.com or by calling the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas (785-...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Thirty five teachers from all across the nation will be selected to participate in a seminar this summer at the University of Kansas. Shawn Leigh Alexander, director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU, says the seminar is part of a prestigious national program.The topic of the KU seminar is "Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown," and focuses on the early struggle for civil rights and equality. Applications for the seminar will be accepted until February 1. More information is available online at gilderlehrman.com or by calling the Langston Hughes Center at the...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A committee in the Kansas House has approved a proposal that would cut state employee pay by seven-and-a-half percent. The House Appropriations Committee today (TUE) approved a spending freeze bill introduced by Governor Sam Brownback. The committee added a provision that would cut the pay of all state and university employees by 7.5 percent for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in June. Representative Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican, introduced the amendment.The pay cut would also affect legislators, judges and other state officers. It’s estimated the cut would save the state 8...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 24th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is continuing his pledge to revamp state government. Yesterday (MON) he signed an executive order to move the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns from the Department of Commerce into the Governor’s office. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 21st, 2011

An energy efficiency contest has 16 Kansas cities competing to see who can save the most energy. The Take Charge Challenge is broken into 4 regions, with a total of 16 cities competing. Each community gets a 25 thousand dollar grant to start the program. The money is used to buy energy-saving light bulbs and get the word out about easy ways to increase energy efficiency. The Take Charge Challenge is in its second year. Dorothy Barnett is with the Climate and Energy Project. She says all the competing cities will likely show benefits from the contest.In each region, the top city will receive...

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 21st, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback has begun his plans to restructure state government and eliminate state agencies. Brownback has signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Parole Board and move those duties to the Department of Corrections. This is just the first of his plans to eliminate 8 state agencies. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, some lawmakers could push back against the proposals.

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