Governor’s budget recommendations

NEIGHBORS: The Governor presented his 2015 budget fix and his proposed budgets for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.  There are many questions at this point about how the pieces fit together.  Here is a list of the key points that I was able to verify through the budget presentation and confirmed by other sources. If you want to take a…

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The state of children and families

NEIGHBORS: I wanted to focus on what has happened the last four years with Kansans at risk.  We have a lot of ground to make up, but with the state being broke, services for the needy will be on the chopping block along with everything else. I am now working in Senator Hensley’s office.  Looking forward to bringing you the “inside scoop”…

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School funding ruling; 2015 bills

NEIGHBORS: The District Court issued its ruling on the Gannon law suit on school funding.  Short summary below along with preview of the 2015 Legislative session. 2015 PREVIEW Here is a list of bill proposals that are being talked about either by Republican leaders in the House and Senate or by the Governor’s office. There will likely be a proposal to…

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Where your money goes

NEIGHBORS: Best wishes for a blessed Christmas!  We are staying home on Christmas and enjoying time with family.  Be safe if you are traveling. In the next few newsletters, I will share information you may find helpful as a background for issues that are likely to come up during the 2015 legislative session.  Feel free to share with those interested…

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Budget cut details

NEIGHBORS: The Governor released his plan for addressing the $280 million shortfall for the 2015 fiscal year.  Here is a summary of his recommendations. BROWNBACK’S CUTS Kansas is facing a $280 million shortfall over the next six months, and a $430 million shortfall in the following 2016 fiscal year.  I haven’t seen the numbers on how much of a deficit…

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