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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 17th, 2011

The Kansas Neurological Institute serves some 150 profoundly disabled adults. If the Kansas Legislature approves, the facility would be closed gradually. The entire process could take as long as three years, according to Bill Miskell (MISS-kl), who's with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Miskell says the facility's closure would occur as all the people it serves are transitioned into equal or better care offered by other organizations. If the closure takes place, some private groups may be called upon to step in with services. Miskell says the incoming...

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th, 2011

As lawmakers battle over the budget this session, school finance will be one of the most contentious issues. K through 12 education is the single biggest item in the budget. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, part of this debate could be about what constitutes a suitable education.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th, 2011

Democratic leaders at the Statehouse are calling on legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to look for new revenue to prevent education funding cuts. The governor’s budget proposal would not replace federal dollars that are helping pay for education in Kansas. That federal money will soon run out, meaning a loss of around 200 million dollars for schools. Senate Minority Leader, Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley, believes lawmakers should look at the state tax code.Lawmakers have considered repealing some sales tax exemptions as a way to raise revenue, but haven’t taken the action. Governor Sam...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed eliminating all state funding for public broadcasting. The governor's policy director, Landon Fulmer, says the money spent on public radio and television stations is equivalent to about 81 teacher salaries.State funding for public broadcasters amounted to $1.67 million dollars last year.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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, 2011

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.

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