State Government Workers in Kansas Won't Be Furloughed
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that blocks furloughs for Kansas state government workers. The Republican governor acted Saturday, only hours after lawmakers approved the measure by unanimous votes in both chambers. The measure took effect Saturday night.
Kansas Senate Rejects Tax Plan, House Considers Another
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has rejected a plan for raising taxes, and the House is considering a rival proposal for balancing the state budget. The key differences in the measures being debated Saturday were in how much they would increase business taxes and the state's 6.15 percent sales tax. Lawmakers must raise taxes by more than $400 million during the next fiscal year to erase a projected budget shortfall.
Kansas Bill Allows Adjustments to Cash Assistance ATM Rules
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have approved a bill to allow a top social services official to loosen or end a restriction on ATM withdrawals by recipients of cash assistance from the state. The votes Saturday were 28-11 in the Senate and 63-41 in the House. The measure goes next to Governor Sam Brownback.
Rossville Residents Cleaning Up After Flood
ROSSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The northeast Kansas town of Rossville is drying out after a creek overflowed its banks and inundated homes. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that residents spent Friday sandbagging and moving their belongings out of basements after rain swelled Cross Creek. Police Chief Jason Connell says more than three dozen home were affected and about 75 residents of the Rossville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center were taken to other facilities.